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27 Division St, New York,
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Timeless Treasure

A short stroll from the beach, this circa 1930 home was respectfully restored to retain its classic Carmel, board and batten style and the unmistakable feel of a refuge. A deck, built over the new garage—once a freestanding carport—melds seamlessly with the house, lending a welcoming, cohesive look. Indoor and out live comfortably together with most rooms opening onto a private central courtyard. Glass-paned, combination French-Dutch doors and abundant windows let in natural light and open to the ocean-scented breeze. Attention to even the tiniest detail in design and craftsmanship reflects the homeowners’ vision. Square footage was increased modestly while comfort, convenience and energy-efficiency were improved substantially with on-demand hot water, excellent insulation and effective air sealing. Clean lines and an uncluttered feel are created by ample built-ins that store necessities neatly out of sight. A detached guest house was replaced by a guest wing with bedroom, bath and living room/office that open onto the courtyard. A custom-crafted concrete bench, warmed by radiant heat, arcs the side of a stone fire pit and looks on one of the property’s majestic oaks and lush, drought-tolerant gardens.

Timeless Treasure
Building Design:
Steve Howard, 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.