Exceptional Home. Exceptional Experience.

At Carmel Building & Design, we’ve found a better way to build. It’s personal, responsible and exceptional. We focus on quality in both your home and your experience.

What Our Clients Have to Say about Carmel Building & Design

We’re proud to say that many of our clients return to us for additional projects and refer us to their friends and family. Here’s what the owners of the Central Coast’s first certified Passive House have to say about working with Carmel Building & Design.

Best New Home (Fine Homebuilding, 2013)

See why our Passive House in Carmel took the title of “Best New Home” in Fine Homebuilding magazine’s 2013 Houses Awards issue. And made the cover of this highly-respected national publication! This video takes you through the process and the home to learn more about Central California’s first certified Passive House.

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.