Restored Historic Gem

Settled just beyond a charming stone border and fragrant gardens, this historic 3-bedroom, 2-bath home is a Carmel treasure. The original Spanish style structure was built in 1920 with an addition in the 1990s. An extensive remodel created a seamless architectural style, restoring the 1,355-square-foot home’s old-world sensibilities. Vaulted, beam-adorned ceilings, custom ironwork and stone fireplace give the living/dining room an expansive yet warm and cozy feel. The vintage knob and tube electrical system was replaced throughout, and insulation and energy-efficient lighting were added to enhance performance. Reclaimed old growth vertical fir boards, once used in stadium bleachers, perfectly match the home’s existing wood flooring. Brilliant white subway tiles in the kitchen and the original clay roofing tiles—removed and reused—complete the authentic look of its historic era.

Restored Historic Gem
Building Design:
Kathy Shaw and Carmel Building & Design
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.