[OUR BREAD AND BUTTER] Pobal Construction Specializes in Quality Craftsmanship

Neil Donnelly of Pobal Construction brings a high quality of craftsmanship to the restoration of homes.

Neil Donnelly of Pobal Construction brings a high quality of craftsmanship to the restoration of homes.

Neil Donnelly, of Pobal Construction, makes it his business to perfect the craftsmanship that goes into restoring homes. His love for carpentry began in a small town two hours outside of Dublin, Ireland, where he grew up.

As a teenager with an eye for design, Donnelly started as an apprentice before eventually earning the highest degree for carpentry.

In 2005, Donnelly brought his talents to San Francisco where he specialized in Victorian and Edwardian home restorations.

In 2013, he moved to Los Angeles where he has headed a wide variety of construction projects that require a high-level of craftsmanship. He makes a point of sitting in on historic preservation overlay zone meetings for a deeper understanding of local architecture.

“In Hancock Park they understand the architectural style of their homes,” said Donnelly. “Most clients that come to me love the beauty of their homes, but want to open up their houses to bring all their family into one space.”

Deciding whether to restore or rehabilitate a house, and to what extent, involves understanding its history, architecture style, and the present condition of its materials, finishes, and systems.

“I’m all for maintaining and keeping homes to their architectural style. There’s no reason that someone with experience, and who knows the property, can’t maximize it without tearing it down and building a box sort of home,” said Donnelly.

Maryanne Laguardia, owner of a Spanish colonial home in Santa Monica, is one of Donnelly’s many satisfied customers.

“Neil was very clear about what needed to be done and the cost involved, and he understood our wants, needs and budget. He found excellent tradespeople for specialized work and his attention to detail was much appreciated.”

Published March 30, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.

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