When they first got married, Phil and Linda Campanella bought a fixer-upper and spent four years adding on a second story, with Phil doing most of the work himself. They started a family, with two children born while under construction. Then, one night, a fire broke out. The house burned to the ground and they lost almost everything but their lives. Broke and virtually homeless, they moved in with Phil's mom. Now, we catch up with the Campanellas half-way through rebuilding their house from scratch, as they rush to give their kids their first real home.
Phil and Linda Campanella are desperate to move their family out of their temporary room at the in-laws - where they've been living for two long years. Their new house is still not even close to complete, but they still plan to camp out and rough it on the construction site. Now they're rushing to finish the drywall, plumbing and make the staircase safe, so they can move in. But bad weather and a big argument over the stairs threaten to derail their plans.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions. Phil's having trouble making progress on the house because his wife can't make up her mind about the decor. Linda hires an interior designer to help, but that just adds to Phil's stress - each new feature they choose adds to his construction to-do list, and impacts their budget. At the same time, the family struggles to find normalcy while living in a half-built house that's dusty, noisy and infested with mice.
Linda's got big plans for her luxurious master bathroom, but she's also got major last-minute changes - including a killer bathtub that doesn't fit and a new light fixture. It's going to fall on Phil to figure out how to reframe the tub and install the new wiring before the drywall crew needs to close up the walls in this part of the house.
Tensions are high and funds are low. Phil and Linda throw a whole bunch of money at the kitchen, as they try to finish the heart of their home. First they build the kitchen island, but then Linda changes her mind and Phil has to move it. Even though Phil has a laundry list of building projects to tackle, he reluctantly joins Linda to shop for high-end appliances.
The Campanellas rush to finish their bathrooms but the finish plumbing causes major confusion. The plumbers installed the wrong valves and two bathrooms have to get ripped out. Linda and Phil blame each other for dropping the ball, as the pressure of living under construction pushes them past the breaking point.
Phil and Linda can't find common ground in the design for their new yard. Phil wants a lawn but Linda hates grass and insists on a giant patio. But then they're hit by a burglary and work grinds to a halt. Phil and Linda are forced to work together to fight off a financial meltdown and get the project back on track.
The Campanellas are on the home stretch, but they're overwhelmed by all the work that's left to do. In the backyard, their contractor crashes an earthmover, threatening to crush a brand new drainpipe. Linda's pet parrot moves in and Phil loses his cool over building the bird a new home.
The Campanellas still have final details to finish inside house, but the yard is in desperate need of a complete makeover. In between shopping trips and last-minute DIY jobs, they call in family and friends to help jumpstart the yard work. After truckloads of plants, a cement crew and a ton of hard work, their mud-pit of a dirt lot is transformed into a garden oasis the whole family can enjoy.
After 7 years, 2 kids, and 1 tragic fire, the Campanella family has finally finished their house. They are no longer a Family Under Construction - now they're settling for good into a showcase home with more comfort and style than they ever dreamed of. But before they can sit back and relax, they have to tackle moving their stuff from storage, and making sense of the chaos.