What’s the reason behind Allstar Construction Innovations’ growing success and literally “all-star” reviews? Partners Christian Avalos and Victor Perez founded the company in 2020 with the goal of changing the stereotypical dynamic of remodeling. They listen to clients. Their crews arrive on time, are polite, efficient and professional. They create a timeline for completion and do their best to stick to it.
On top of that, as one client commented, “They bring modern ideas to the table.” All this and more has resulted in Metro Silicon Valley readers choosing Allstar as a 2023 “Best Of Silicon Valley.”
“We’ve grown massively,” Avalos said. “But we continue to commit to transparency and communication with our clients.” He explains that each time they meet with a new client, they find out in detail what the project entails. The client receives a detailed estimate, and with approval, a project schedule is created. “Each project has a dedicated, professional project manager, who takes care of everything from material purchases, coordination, and overall problem solving.”
Linda Veech is a client who can testify to Allstar’s follow-through on their company ethics. A resident of Woodlake Condominiums in San Mateo, she noticed a nearby unit was undergoing an extensive remodel, which she also wanted for her home. She stopped by and met Avalos.
“I liked him right away,” Veech said. “He struck me as honest and sincere.” She took a look at what the crew was doing, and was very impressed. Following up, he gave her a quote that was within her budget. “He’s never tried to oversell me, as other contractors have in the past,” she said.
So Veech hired Allstar to completely gut and redesign her kitchen and bathroom, as well as doing some additional work in other rooms. New permitting laws required that the electrical panel be moved from inside a closet to a wall, all of which Allstar completed, passing the required electrical inspection. An older-style tub was replaced with a modern shower.
Avalos accompanied Veech on several shopping trips, helping her decide on cabinetry and tiles. “And he picked up everything for me!” she said. Allstar also communicated exceptionally well with the condo complex’s management, who needed to be kept apprised of remodeling updates. Veech has already recommended Allstar to another neighbor. “I trust Christian,” she said.
“At the end of the day, we just want what is best for our clients,” said Avalos. He noted that Allstar has had great success in working with multi-family condo/townhouse complexes and their HOAs. “We follow fireproofing and waterproofing procedures, and minimize disruptions to neighbors as much as possible,” he said. Allstar can often finish a remodel, with full inspections, much more quickly than other contractors.
Yet another way Allstar has maintained and grown its original mission of “Innovations” is by continuing to expand locally and winning the “2023 Next Door Fave Award.” This award is only given to the top 1 percent of local businesses on NextDoor and is a testament to the positive impact they have had on their community. Allstar continues to give back to its community by hosting toy drives, sponsoring local boxing gyms and giving back to schools.
On the other hand, it has maintained its mission by “using tech to its maximum.” Allstar uses iPads to measure spaces, 3-D imaging to show clients what the finished project will actually look like and new software programs to keep track of project data. The “SketchBook Pro” drawings can be used when submitting plans for city permits, and the images are easily manipulated to incorporate any needed or wanted changes. And now, the advent of AI is opening up even more possibilities.
Allstar also is committed to being as green as possible. Digital imagery and software reduces the need for paper. For decks and railings, instead of redwood, they frequently advise the use of Trex, made from an eco-friendly blend of 95 percent reclaimed wood and plastic film, because of its water, warping and termite resistance. “It’s also much easier to clean,” Avalos said. Fiberon, another composite material, is one of their top choices for exterior siding. The company takes great care that all materials from a work site are sorted and disposed of properly.
One of the most requested projects continues to be Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), said Avalos. They can be one of the best ways to add value to a home, he noted. This might mean converting a garage or a shed into a tiny home or a basement into an in-law apartment. Changes in California law that ease restrictions on ADUs have made them an attractive option to generate “passive income.”
And full home remodels, home extensions and additions are also top requests. One client, who worked with Allstar on a Silicon Valley property, flew the partners to Hawaii to look at possible construction projects.
The young Allstar partners are aware that the construction/contracting industry is losing workers much faster than it can replace them. They want to be part of a future generation of contractors that works more efficiently and communicates more often, and better, with clients. Allstar’s headquarters in Redwood City puts them “30 minutes from almost everywhere in the Bay Area,” said Avalos. “Our goal is to be one of the top companies in the whole area.”