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Announcing the Partnership of Don McBride and Kevin Bell

March 29, 2013

After spending several years in Bend, Oregon; Don McBride has returned to his beloved Carmel where he is recognized as the quintessential master of the Carml Cottage style. His use of unusual architectural finds helps to create uniqueness in each home. Don utilized a select group of artisans and tradesmen who assist him in maintaining the integrity of his clients’ desires. He has restored several Murphy & Comstock classics; both of whom are considered to be the originators of the fairytale look, which has come to be Carmel’s fabled appeal.

Not confined only to homes, Don has breathed life into such landmark Carmel Commercial properties as the Lamp Lighter Inn & the Sunset House Suites on Ocean Avenue & Camino Real, and most recently with his new partner Kevin Bell, the Carmel Cottage Inn; 5 cottages that once belonged to the La Playa Hotel on San Antonio. The firm is currently restoring the 1925 cottages at The Lincoln Green Cottage Inn on Carmelo.

Kevin brings an extensive background in real estate management, design & quality construction to the partnership. He has built subdivisions to mansions, mosques to shopping centers and even a funeral home.

Recent collaborations of note are the rehabilitation of the historical Pope house on Franciscan in Carmel designed by Julia Morgan, the architect of Hearst Castle. Kevin and Don worked closely with the City of Carmel, Kent Seavey the historical consultant and Erik Dyar of Dyar Architectural to bring this heirloom to the 21st century. Presently, the firm is in the process of restoring a Comstock on Santa Fe.

McBride’s long career has twice brought him the coveted Gold Nugget award, which recognizes those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development in the 50 United States. He has appeared in Sunset magazine and was the feature story and cover nationwide in Better Homes & Gardens, which included a 10 page pictorial article exploring his philosophy of design.

Bell McBride Builders has broken ground on a new cottage, “The Prancing Pony” at Carmel Point. They are also building a new cottage with a guest house on 14th Avenue. Drive by and look at the projects listed above or call to arrange a private showing

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