Finally Finished!!! Norco spec home is complete and in escrow.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Melanie Serrato, Rawlings Realty ~Corona, Norco, Eastvale Ca 01205902



Finally Finished!!! Norco spec home is complete and in escrow.


A picture paints a thousand words, so here are the before and after photos of our Norco, CA spec home:

4144 Valley View back before4144 Valley View front before


AFTER4144 Valley View back after4144 Valley View front after







Skeleton house - during demolition of old homeReduced to Rubble - After demolition of the existing home, all that was left was the rubble on the groundWe purchased a 770 square foot 1930's home with foundation problems, tore it down, and built in it's place a lovely new home that the new homeowners will enjoy for many years to come.  The project from start to finish was about 4 months.  We closed the purchase of the old home on July 6th, 2011.   Building plans were in the works as escrow was processed, and submitted for permit approval soon after we closed.  The demolition permit was obtained upon submission of the plans so that the demo work could be done as the City of Norco reviewed the plans for construction.



 We received the approval and construction began on September 8th, which put us at about 2 months from closing the purchase to approval for construction.  It seemed like FOREVER!  Anxious to get going, we got the footings dug, forms laid, and plumbing in place to have our first inspection on 9/12/11 for the foundation location and waste plumbing lines.  With our first passed inspection, we proceeded to rebar and hardware for the foundation, which also had to be inspected.  PASS!  




4144 Valley View Norco - concrete going in for foundation


4144 Valley View framing for new construction spec homeThe next step was pouring the concrete for the foundation, which occurred on 9/20/11.  We'd been pricing and planning the lumber purchase, and trusses and windows were already in the works from the time we got the permits, so once the foundation was poured, we were ready to go on to framing, which included roof sheathing and structural hardware components.  There are A LOT of new metal hardware pieces that are required these days to ensure that the structure remains sound through whatever the elements might throw at it.  Luckily, we used a great architect who included all of the information we needed to comply with the current codes.  My husband got a "Pass" on the framing inspection for his birthday! 



4144 Valley View Norco CA new home with paper and chicken wire up, ready for stuccoThe next step in the construction of the home was the "mechanicals".  Rough electric and plumbing, ducts for heat and air,  and fire sprinklers (required for new construction).  The roof paper was installed and the roof loaded on top of the structure.  And the stucco process was started with the home wrapped in waterproofing paper and chicken wire (lath).  The fire sprinklers were tested for proper flow by the local fire official, then after another successful inspection, came insulation. One more inspection, and we were clear to start closing things up!



Scratch coat of stucco at 4144 Valley View in Norco new construction home4144 Valley View drywall in place and ready for tape and mud on Norco new construction spec home investmentThe scratch coat went up on the exterior, and the drywall was hung inside.  Those items were inspected by our very busy City official, who by now was surprised at how quickly things were moving.  Tape, mud, and texture were applied inside over the next few days, and then came the second coat of stucco.  The garage foundation was poured, and then came the hanging of the doors and installation of baseboards and trim.  

4144 Valley View gorgeous architectural details in this Norco new construction spec home investment



The painters came in, completing the two-toned effect that sets off the trim pieces so nicely.  I absolutely LOVE the way the detail on the hall ceiling came out!  Next was the tile work, with special attention to the featured hall area to complement the ceiling. 

Finally, we were getting into the interior finish, with light fixtures and other finish electrical items, cabinets, granite countertops, and plumbing fixtures.  




4144 Valley View Brand new Norco home with gorgeous granite kitchen





Here's a look at the finished kitchen - the buyer committed with no kitchen in the home, but he's quite happy with it now!







After a whirlwind two month construction process, the final inspection was completed and signed off yesterday, 11/8/11!  For a look at the entire construction process, start to finish, here is the photo log on my Facebook Page (feel free to hit the "Like" button while you're there!).

We received an offer a couple of weeks ago from a buyer working with an agent who lives in the area and had stopped by a few times. Although "full price", they were asking for several items that led us to go ahead and list the property to test the market prior to accepting.  By the end of the first day on the market, we had two additional offers, one a full price cash offer with no concessions.  That was a beautiful day!  Unfortunately, the buyer got some bad news within the next few days and decided to back out, but within hours we had a new offer from a solid buyer and opened escrow the next day.  

We're very happy with the finished product of our efforts, and looking forward to completing the sale of this home and moving on to our next project.  If you'd like to do a similar project yourself, as a real estate broker working  Corona, Norco, Eastvale and Riverside I can help you select the right property, complete the purchase, and resell once complete.  Contact me to schedule a consultation!

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Comments (4)

Jimmy Welch
Keller Williams Realty-Louisville East - Louisville, KY
Homes in Louisville,KY

The after pictures look wonderful and sounds like your hard work has paid off. Best of luck with your new buyer and contract.

Nov 09, 2011 03:21 PM
Brett Reichel
Homebridge Financial Services - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
MLO 210215

Great post - I love how you document the process of buying it and completely changing everything - from rat-smacking house to very nice home!  Good job!

Nov 09, 2011 03:28 PM
Melanie Serrato
Melanie Serrato, Rawlings Realty ~Corona, Norco, Eastvale Ca - Norco, CA
CA Realtor - Corona-Norco-Eastvale Homes

Jimmy ~  Thanks for reading, and for your good wishes. 


Brett ~  Ha ha ... "rat-smacking house"!  It sure was!  So glad we went big on this project and built new instead of trying to rehab the old rat trap.  Glad you liked my story about the process, I appreciate the comment.


~ Melanie

Nov 10, 2011 02:54 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Melanie, Melanie ~ where are you?  Isn't it time to come back and play in the Rain?  We miss you!

Jan 22, 2012 04:00 AM