Famous builders of Carmel include Hugh Comstock famously known as “Carmel’s builder of Dreams”. Architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright who builds the Walker residence known as the “Boat House,” Julia Morgan, Charles Greene, M.J Murphy, Gottfried, and Brown & Hale.
These builders and architects use wood from coastal forests, stone from nearby quarries and construct buildings that incorporate furniture into the walls and closets. Many of the homes built in the early days of Carmel-by-the-Sea are now historically designated structures in Carmel today. The Arts and Crafts phenomenon coincides with early building in Carmel and launches a development philosophy in the Carmel that remains to this day.
But who is carrying on that tradition today?
Responsible for the renovation of Hansel
And the first Murphy House
Renovation of Dormiderra, the historical Mary McDowell House.
And new construction such as this home on San Antonio
The builder of the modern-day “fairytale “ cottage Lilliput
The restorer of the historic Goetz Cottage
And the extensive remodel of Villa Scimmia, a historic M.J. Murphy home.
It is Mr. Saroyan who remodels Ambleside- a cottage at Santa Fe 4SE 3rd in Carmel. And what a great job he does with this double A-Frame cottage.
Interior ceilings soar
Over the massive stone fireplace.
Note the aged and weathered timber beams, leaded glass windows, extensive granite stone work, detailed wrought iron work, and gothic shaped doors.
The home features a designer loft
The compact kitchen that “gets more space out of less room”- Al Saroyan
I love the many patterns of hardwood in the floors to define space.
The house has three bedrooms
One of which is used as an office.
The patio works with the lay of the steep, rocky slopes that are typical of Carmel.
“It’s quite a puzzle to design in Carmel-by-the-Sea,” Saroyan says, “because you have topography, trees, a volumetric ordinance and maximum square footage.”
He seems to have mastered that puzzle quite well.