Demolition and excavation continues and with it some unpleasant surprises for Silene and Geno Rush. Some of the walls they were hoping to save in order to save money may not be salvageable. And an oil tank is found buried outside the kitchen. What it contains may mean much more money out of the Rush's limited budget. And a freak snowstorm pushes the project behind schedule. Geno's long days at work, at the building site and taking care of baby Jada are beginning wear on his nerves. Tension and tempers flare-up as Geno locks horns with contractor Jerry Janeck over a favorite magnolia tree that has been "pruned" with excavation equipment.
Silene Rush finally gets her chance to pitch in with demo and clean-up, but when she and husband Geno struggle to tear down the back deck, the couple's marriage is put to the test. Contractor Jerry Janeck and his son Chris tackle a very thick, stubborn concrete wall and discover that the Rush family was living in a death-trap. And while the Rush's think they're way ahead of the construction schedule, Jerry has a surprise in store for them.
Geno and Silene Rush have reached the most expensive day of their extensive home remodel, the day of the concrete pour. But it's also the day they turn the corner from just tearing down their old house to starting construction on the new one. But there is still much more demolition to do as Geno and Silene scramble to stay ahead of contractor Jerry Janeck's tight schedule.
With construction scheduled to begin early Monday morning, Silene and Geno Rush are in a mad rush to finish their remaining demolition chores in one short weekend. All goes well with the framing and even the tricky installation of huge beams, until the architect discovers a major error in the concrete foundation. The problem is resolved and the Rush family finally gets to see their dream house begin to take shape.
Silene and Geno Rush are thrilled to see progress on their dream house, but faced with a major hit to their budget, Geno takes matters into his own hands. He and contractor Jerry Janeck lock horns when Geno looks to save money by hiring his own subcontractors. And the heavy workload on Geno and Silene is testing their patience and tempers.
Now that the roof is on and the walls are up, Silene and Geno Rush can focus on the inside. Geno's attempt to save money by hiring his own electrical and heating/cooling sub-contractors causes more doubts from main contractor Jerry Janeck - and more work for Geno. A trip to buy bathroom fixtures and a kitchen countertop causes a clash between budget-minded Silene and reach-for-the-sky Geno. Everyone pitches in to clean up before the drywall begins, and a big family development puts even more work on Geno's shoulders.
With the happy news of their second baby on the way, Geno and Silene Rush are more under the gun than ever. Inside and out, the house is ready for a major transformation. The siding can now go on, but a mix-up in the soffit order causes a big delay in the schedule and a big hit to the budget. On the inside, Geno is trying to install a central vacuum system but only has one night to get it done before the insulation and walls go up. After discovering that the sheetrock is too big to carry up the stairs, a crane is used to hoist the huge bundles to the upper levels. And Silene struggles to find just the right paint colors that Geno will like in time for a painting party.
Silene and Geno Rush are finally seeing their dream house take shape, as the walls and siding go up. But the deadlines are tighter than ever, and Geno is falling further behind. The house is still without doors, forcing Geno to spend his nights at the site on guard duty. And trying to save money by hiring subcontractors backfires when Geno discovers he's got substandard concrete floors. Friends are pitching in to help, but even that leads to a scary moment when a finger gets mangled in a power saw. Silene keeps Geno in check by insisting they hire professionals to install the hardwood floors. And contractor Jerry Janeck piles on the pressure with a long to-do list and a countdown timer.
Geno and Silene Rush struggle against the clock to complete their dream house before time runs out on their construction loan. If they don't hit their deadline, they'll have to pay a penalty and added interest. Their 60 custom-made cabinets and giant granite kitchen island are installed, and Geno tries to finish up the tiling. Geno pulls all-nighters trying to beat the clock, but when he misses his deadline contractor Jerry Janeck loses patience and faith.