Our Process – Alquimia Inc
OUR PROCESSES

How We Work Together.

Communication is essential for a remodeling project to be successful. Here are some of our most critical processes.

Alquimia, Inc is a full-service home building organization. We ensure homeowners can build the best homes that they can. Our pledge to quality workmanship is absolute. It starts with the people at Alquimia, as anyone working at or with Alquimia believes in doing only the best work. We mainly focus on renovating houses and new custom homes, we would be happy to take part in littler ventures. We at Alquimia will always care more about our relationships with people than the size of a project.

We are a General Contractor with a selected group of carpenters and apprentices. These professions bring the professional millwork and knowledge right to your project. This team of Cabinet Makers and Fitters keeps the cohesion in all our renovations and constructions. With a broad range of staff, nothing goes unnoticed and the big picture is always in our minds. The whole team is engaged in each project, and the high-quality work at every level proves it.

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OUR PROCESSES
INITIAL CONSULTATION

Our Initial Consultation

We start the conversation on our website. Filling out our contact form is the best way to get the ball rolling and keep us connected through the process.

We start out with the pre-construction. Bringing the client and the design team together to develop the design and dial is the best way to get a plan, and we do it.

Once we have the pre-construction retainer, we commence the Proposal Phase.

We then develop an accurate construction budget and schedule for work.

Next, we call you to discuss it with you and find out if Alquimia is the right choice for you. You then learn how we operate, some similar projects we have done, potential costs, and to check if schedules align.

Our top priority is to make the best possible use out of your time. We want to help you quickly figure out if your budget and time frame aligns with us for your project.

Most builders choose a start date assuming they already know how long the project will take. The end date is more important than the start date, so instead, we reverse engineer the process, being the most accurate and cost-effective.

You are working with the owner, Fulton Davenport, during this process.

INITIAL CONSULTATION
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PRE-CONSTRUCTION

Starting the Pre-Construction Stage

When budget, schedule, and general scope align, the pre-construction process starts.

Before the building happens, we work with the Architect and Interior Designer to hold the planned finances in line as the design comes into reality.

While we work with our trade partners, vendors, and staff to start pricing the project, we will schedule site visits to review the existing standing.

Next, we create a budget proposal that involves hard-priced items, cost commitments, and allowances that can change pending conditions when the project begins.

At this point in the process, we charge a retainer fee for the services. The cost is dependent on each project and is applied to our management fee when starting construction.

We keep track of and bill hourly for this section of the process, setting a target number of hours.

Here, you are mostly working with the owner Fulton Davenport and maybe the Architect and Interior Designer.

PRICING & DESIGN FINALIZING

The Nuts and Bolts to the Project

We host a meeting with the client and Architect to present our budget proposals, in line with the design proposals.

Depending on the ending spots of the design and budget, more proposals may be offered to show multiple options on cost control.

From this meeting, you will be able to understand how we engineered value for the project to fit in the budget. Additionally, you will learn the impacts of budget on the design.

The importance of this meeting is to understand potential opportunities. If we find any options or choices to bring you more value, we will go out of our way to make sure you can explore those choices and make the choice you want to make.

In renovations, we advise and put together a 10% contingency in the budget.

This 10% is set aside for unforeseen conditions or changes to scope. While we make sure you’re in the loop about these costs, we do not add them to the budget.

We create these changes from the 10% “contingency fund”. This fund helps at the beginning of construction when we spend time uncovering the old, to better understand how we will build the new.

The timeline of this process is dependent on the size of the project, the homeowner’s decisions, and team collaboration.

You are working with the owner, and possibly one project manager at this point.

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CONSTRUCTION

Building Your Vision

At the start of construction, the design is complete and all sections are made.

It is important for us to be fully prepared and equipped at this point. With that, we can begin preparing the project to achieve the end result. For example, knowing the selection of tiles early on allows us to prepare our framing and mechanical roughs to be coordinated with the tile layout.

Being intentional with our design is extremely important to our company and our brand. We do everything we can to help the decisions of the homeowner be intertwined with the architectural and building teams.

During construction, your project will be assigned a Project Manager. They will work closely with the team back at the office, hosting meetings and working on-site with them.

Every one of our Project Managers may work on multiple projects at a time. Their time is tracker per each Project and is billed accordingly. We budget this number while we are designed to figure out how much time is necessary.

Our carpentry team is made up of many kinds of carpenters. Apprentice, trim, frame, and standard carpentry services are all available through Alquimia.

The Lead Carpenter is the hands-on site supervisor who works with and reports to the Project Manager. The Lead Carpenter is also responsible for supervising the Carpenters and Apprentices.

They are the muscle behind the work, from early stages all the way to the finished product. The team will be assigned to multiple projects, and will only be on-site when necessary. Billing is done hourly or per day to the project they are assigned to that day.

In order to keep the project safe, organized, and clean, we keep allowances in the budget to make room for things like general labor and materials. These are budget-line items to cover things such as on-site organization, cleaning, and taking deliveries; anything else that does not fall within the carpentry scope of work. 

Changes to the scope of work will be captured in a formal change order process. Any additional work outside of the proposal can be discussed verbally or through emails, but it must be documented through a Change Order.

The Change Order may or may not have a cost associated with it, but it will impact the schedule. Changes to the work will always impact the schedule.

Quality control is our highest priority. Most of the time, we do our own carpentry and millwork. We always closely monitor our subcontractors to ensure all other work meets our standards and timeline. We work repeatedly with many of our contractors, and we consider them a part of our team and family at work!

We treat our homes with respect and make sure the site is clean. We always treat the site as if the homeowner is going to walk the job every day at lunch. We take a great deal of pride in the homes we build and show the same pride throughout the process.

Before cleaning up, we walk through the site with the architect and homeowner to catch any final tweaks and make sure your home is perfect. After cleaning, we take care of permitting and payment.

During construction, we have strong daily communication. To make sure the project progresses as planned, we collaborate with all on-site members and operate as a team. In this stage, you will be in communication with the Project Manager(s), Assistant Project Manager, Accounting Dept., and Owner. Additionally, you will be introduced to the carpentry staff.

Our Creative Team

Our team and staff is presented here, we do what we love. Who we are, what we do and our social networks, connect with us.

Fulton Davenport
Fulton Davenport
Founder and President
Marco Antonio Hernandez
Marco Antonio Hernandez
Project Manager - Framing - Sheetrock - Painting
Erick Alonzo
Erick Alonzo
Project Manager - Carpenter
“Chuy” Cubillos
“Chuy” Cubillos
Sheetrock - Painter
“Paco”
“Paco”
Lead Carpenter
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Passionate Architects and Engineers

Before the building happens, we work with the Architect and Interior Designer to hold the planned finances in line as the design comes into reality.