NORWALK — Perched on the side of a hill, along a street of small Cape-style homes, the house at 4 Chelene Road is in the throws of construction.

Yellow tape marks off the front walk, behind which workers are busy measuring, hammering and cutting. A fluffy white Pomeranian named Hercules bounces out the front door, clearly the supervisor on this job site.

The house is the latest project of Leslie and Jay Vincent, Norwalk-based house-flippers who’ve made a career out of buying foreclosed homes in Fairfield County, renovating and re-listing them.

“It’s really satisfying,” Jay Vincent said. “We’re creating value for the towns and doing something we love.”

That, of course, wasn’t always the case. By 2012, the couple was done with the corporate lifestyle and looking for a change. The pair had worked in sales for years and they were ready for something new. So they quit their jobs and started flipping houses, doing the majority of the dirty work themselves — from stripping the walls to the final touches.

“I have a design background and Jay’s sister had started doing real estate,” Leslie Vincent said. “After a couple years of helping her, we said, ‘Let’s do it. This is fun and I’m done with corporate.’ It’s a nice semi-retirement.”

The couple is now well into their 20th flip — the Chelene Road house — but it’s their first in Norwalk and by far the most involved project to date. Their previous flips have been in Trumbull, Bridgeport and Stratford.

“Norwalk is a different market than Bridgeport or Trumbull or Stratford,” Jay Vincent said. “It’s a little more challenging, but the market is steadily improving.”

The home at 4 Chelene Road was nearly uninhabitable when the Vincents acquired it for $216,000 in July. While they normally just renovate and do most of the work themselves, the couple had bigger plans for this property.

They’ve hired a contractor and are in the process of completing a total renovation and small expansion of the home.

“It’s pretty much the original layout but we dormered out the upstairs and expanded the kitchen to where an outdoor porch used to be,” Leslie Vincent said. “We’re maximizing the space as much as we can.”

They’ve redone plumbing, electrical, heat and A/C. The interior has been gutted and Leslie’s vision is starting to come to life. They’re working on a four to five month timeline, and hope to list the property early in 2018. It’s like the 1,600 square foot home, which sits on 0.2 acres in the neighborhood behind City Hall, will likely list upwards of $400,000.

Contrary to popular belief, the Vincents said their newfound career as self-described “flippers” is nothing like the popular HGTV show, “Flip or Flop.”

“All the background you don’t see on TV,” Jay said. ”We go out and source windows and get contractors. Like the TV show a lot of unexpected things do come up, and we do watch the show to get ideas, but for the most part it’s a lot different.”; 203-842-2563; @kaitlynkrasselt