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Our design/build service is end-to-end, whether it’s an extensive remodel or new construction.

It all starts with an initial meeting where our in-house design team reviews your goals and vision for the project. We will talk with you about various home performance options—such as Passive House, electrification and Zero Net Energy—during the conceptual phase of the design so that selected options can be incorporated into the project as early as possible. Once we have an understanding of the project, we’ll develop detailed plans and drawings as well as a budget and schedule so you will know what to expect.

Our experienced team conducts zoning and records inquiries, creates schematics, specifies fixtures and finishes and refines plans as needed. We engage with trusted experts for engineering, renderings, drafting and other specialized services. Once we get to a set of plans that you approve, we submit them to the planning department, secure the permits and handle all follow-up. With permits and approved plans in place, we begin the process of building or remodeling your home. We manage all aspects of the building phase, keeping you informed every step of the way. For more details on the building phase, see General Contracting.

Our proven track record of successfully completing even the most complicated projects consistently results in satisfied clients. We are proud that many of our clients return to us for additional projects and recommend us to friends and family.
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Ready to Build Your Dream Home With Us?

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.