TJCAIA News Blog

Project Published

May 23rd, 2010

Our Pebble Beach Remodel was featured in the ‘Haven’ Summer 2010 issue published by the Monterey Herald.

buy cheap uk viagra The article is a great tribute to Tom and our work.

Haven - Summer 2010

Thanks to Kathryn McKenzie Nichols and our wonderful clients Chris & Anne Storm for putting this together.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 29th, 2009

The Carleton Family would like to wish you, our clients, and associates, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Our year has included abundance and scarcity, calm and crisis. Our faith, family, and friends have carried us through the shocking loss of our mentor/father/husband, Thomas J Carleton. We are thankful for the love and blessings we received this year, especially in the most trying times. Thank you to all of you who have supported us.

New Year, New Name!
Starting in January, our office will take on the name of Carleton Design to reflect our continued focus on building design. We will still be operating at 109 Central and would be happy to have you stop by.

Keeping up the pace for 2010.
Our team is busy producing quality work for on going projects and new projects. We are partnering with local architects, as projects require. It is our intention to maintain the caliber of work Thomas J. Carleton Architecture was known for and demonstrated.

We look forward to a new season in 2010 as we continue to help our clients develop their building dreams. Let us know if we can help you. You can continue to reach us by phone at 831-449-6490, and by email at

We fondly remember what Tom wrote this time last year and find it fitting again this year. “As we make our way through these turbulent times, it is good to look upon those things of true and lasting value—faith, family, and friendship. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year.”


Valerie, James, and Johanna

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Your Town – November 30th, 2009

November 29th, 2009


This month’s Your Town television (Channel 24) and radio (KNRY 1240AM) program will be a replay of Tom Carleton’s July 27th program with special guest, Harold Gordon. It will also be simulcast on the Internet at

The entire hour will be spent with Harold Gordon, the author of The Last Sunrise, a true story of how he and his father survived the Holocaust. The book, The Last Sunrise, and the DVD, “Stop the Violence”, is available from H & J Publishing, 1118 Palo Alto Way, Salinas CA 93901. Call 831-422-7360 or order on line at

-James Carleton

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Thank you

November 23rd, 2009

Thank you all for your kind words and concern for our family during this difficult time. We wanted to let you know that our office is still open.  We are currently working with local registered architects to continue ongoing projects. If you have any unanswered questions please feel free to contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Thomas J. Carleton

November 15th, 2009
tjcportTo clients, friends, and colleagues: Tom went to heaven to be with the Lord on Oct. 9th. He will be greatly missed. It was very sudden, he was in good health and had a great Monday, it was also his 65th birthday. The day was spent with family. We know that to be absent in the body is to be present with God and we are fully assured he is with His Heavenly Father.
– Carleton Family
A memorail service will be held November 17th, 1pm at Calvary Chapel Monterey Bay. For more information visit the Obituary and Guestbook

To clients, friends, and colleagues: Tom went to heaven to be with the Lord on November 9th. He will be greatly missed. It was very sudden, he was in good health and had a great Monday, it was also his 65th birthday. The day was spent with family. We know that to be absent in the body is to be present with God and we are fully assured he is with his Heavenly Father.

– Carleton Family

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 17th, 1pm at Calvary Chapel Monterey Bay. For more information visit the Obituary and Guestbook.


Plant a Tree

November 15th, 2009

I recall reading that people’s impressions of neighborhoods are significantly impacted by their landscaping. Typically, those neighborhoods with mature and varied landscaping left a better impression on the viewers. In other words, the architecture was not the determining factor making a residential neighborhood look good. I do not remember the source of this observation, but we all can think of examples to confirm it.

I observed this recently when Valerie and I drove through the Carmel. Of course, there are reasons why this village is a vacation destination. It has a few attractions such the benign climate, the ocean with white sandy beaches between rocky shores, the history of Bohemian artists, the small scale and high density of smaller homes. But if you could put all this aside for sake of discussion, and imagine that the lush landscaping was removed (heaven forbid), you would then notice that many of the cottages are simply generic. Yes, there are spectacular examples of residential architecture, but these are the exceptions that prove my point. It is the pine forests on the Peninsula that create such pleasing towns.
A friend of our family, Rebecca Twitchell, is involved in a tree-planting program for the relatively barren neighborhood of Smith Hill in Providence, Rhode Island. She is motivated by the positive effects that will multiply from this landscaping effort. (Her website is
Plenty of native plants and trees may increase the value of a neighborhood, reduce homeowner energy costs, and contribute to the urban habitat. Abundant landscaping also contributes to neighborhood pride and enjoyment for homeowners and visitors. So get out your shovel and start planting.

-TJC (written Nov. 8th 2009)

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A Restaurant Village

November 2nd, 2009

Harden Ranch Plaza is a premier retail center in Salinas, California, which is anchored by Safeway, Target, and Walmart.

The center management is developing an innovative “restaurant village.” The idea is to attract a number of national and regional chain restaurants into one building with a wide patio and high clock tower.

The new dining concept is inspired by the campanile and piazza found in Italy, or the torre and plaza typical of colonial Mexico. We were asked to provide this rendering to illustrate how an existing retail building can be transformed into the restaurant village at Harden Ranch. For leasing information, contact Fred Goldsmith at 831-655-3800.


Concept Rendering: Harden Dining Villiage

Concept for Restaurant Village at Harden Ranch Plaza

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We Need Your Help to Renovate and Recover

October 29th, 2009

Tom Carleton is volunteering to help raise $150,000 to renovate the Men’s Residential recovery facility at Sun Street Centers. (He is a member of their board of directors.) Their state-licensed Men’s Residential Recovery program offers a supportive environment for men seeking a life free from the devastating effects of drug and alcohol addiction.

Originally constructed over 40 years ago, the existing 24,000 square-foot 54-bed facility includes amenities and services unparalleled by any other local recovery program. Residents take care of the facility themselves, providing foodservice, property maintenance, landscaping, janitorial and all other services required to keep operations running smoothly.

The residents keep the facility well maintained, but normal wear and tear has taken its toll. The facility is overdue for renovations and must be upgraded to continue to be habitable. Sun Street Centers is collaborating with the Hartnell College of Construction who will donate most of the labor and the “green” design.

Please help us reach our $150,000 goal by donating to the capital campaign today. Every donation helps, and no amount is too small. Please visit the donate page now. Thank you.

The Mission of Sun Street Centers: To prevent alcohol and drug addiction by offering education, prevention and recovery to individuals and families, regardless of ability to pay.

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Your Town – October 26, 2009

October 25th, 2009


Tom Carleton has lined up another group of stimulating guests for this month’s installment of the Your Town television (Channel 24) and radio (KNRY 1240AM) program. The live one-hour broadcast is scheduled for 5 PM and will be repeated at 12 midnight (PST) on Monday, October 26, 2009.

In the first segment, John M. Phillips, a retired Superior Court Judge, will describe vocational programs for at-risk and disadvantaged youth at Rancho Cielo in the Salinas Valley.

In the second segment, Susan K. Black, President & CEO of Pinnacle Bank, and Steve Wotherspoon, Sr. V. P. of Pinnacle Bank, will discuss community banking in these challenging economic times.

In the third segment, Alfred Seccombe of North Star Construction will describe several of his green projects plus a non-profit program to help small entrepreneurs.

Listen on KNRY 1240AM; watch on Channel 24; or go to the simulcast on the Internet at Join us for thought-provoking discussions on the fourth Monday of each month.

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A Warm Hearth

October 21st, 2009

Through the ages, dwellings have depended upon fireplaces and stoves for heating and cooking. The custom construction of a functional wood-burning fireplace requires the special skills of an experienced mason. Incorrect dimensions can prevent the fireplace from drawing properly through the chimney. With new prefabricated gas and wood burning fireboxes and metal flues, the construction is much simpler and the location of the fireplace is more flexible. You can install a zero-clearance fireplace almost as easy as a kitchen appliance.

A Warm Hearth

A Warm Hearth

In this Pebble Beach remodel, we replaced the existing fireplaces with updated gas units. In the living room, we used Travertine stone on the front surface of the firebox.

We added custom built shelves and cabinets on each side. A few down lights add to the drama. A beautiful fireplace transforms a house into a home.


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