Retro Contemporary

This typical Mid-Century house in Pacific Grove underwent a total transformation from both aesthetic and performance standpoints. It was crafted to achieve Certified Passive House status by the Passive House Academy and LEED Gold certification. As we do with every home we build or remodel, we employed the latest sealing and insulating techniques and materials as well as advanced systems for heating and cooling.

This approach, combined with photovoltaic panels, significantly reduces the consumption of fossil fuels in the home. Floors in the new second story incorporate wood reclaimed from the original house, while wood ceilings and eaves are Forest Stewardship Council certified cedar. Tiles of recycled aluminium in the kitchen and natural, sustainable and no VOC materials are highlighted throughout this contemporary abode with a decidedly retro interior feel.

Retro Contemporary
Building Design:
William Foster, William E. Foster Architecture
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.