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Reimagined Carmel Cottage

Noted during the design review process as “the successful reimagining of a Carmel Cottage,” the spacious feel of this new home belies its modest 1,927 square feet. Innovative design resulted in a 3-bed, 3.5-bath abode that covers three floors, one below grade. Brilliant white walls contrast beautifully with rich wood on the floors and on the dramatically pitched ceilings. The open floor plan of the great-room-style main living space is lined with windows that welcome the sunlight. Shorter walls and steeply pitched ceilings create the sense of a classic attic in upstairs bedrooms. Inspired by nostalgia, a loft and bunkbeds were added in one of the upper bedrooms. Air sealed and well-insulated, the home has optimum energy efficiency. Every cottage needs a yard for lounging and recreation and this one is no exception. Artificial turf offers the lushness of a lawn sans the need for water. And the home melds nicely with its charming Carmel neighborhood.

Reimagined Carmel Cottage
Building Design:
Justin Pauly, Architect
Rick Pharaoh

Rob Nicely

President & Partner

Rob studied art at the University of California, Davis and has been in the construction industry since 1980. His rare combination of technical expertise and artistic sensibility enables him to provide a unique and exceptional experience for clients. As president, Rob leads by example. He is dedicated to the highest standards of quality and customer service, and to using the latest techniques and technologies to create environmentally mindful homes.
Rob is a Certified Green Building Professional (Build It Green) and Certified Passive House Consultant (Passive House Institute). He has served on the Passive House California board of directors since January 2018. Over the years Rob has garnered several accreditations. He participates in a variety of advocacy efforts, all focused on improving the quality of homes that Carmel Building & Design produces and increasing the ecological sustainability of the building industry in general. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys sculpting and painting.