With just two months to gut and remodel their entire home, Nate's new contractor throws out his back the day before construction begins on the kitchen addition. Any delay in pouring the foundation will throw off the entire remodel, so Nate decides to move ahead anyway. But the demands of running a jobsite on a tight deadline might prove disastrous for Nate's small budget and his perfectionist ways and Danielle fears the construction is testing their marriage as their first anniversary approaches.
Newlyweds Nate and Danielle experience non-stop setbacks as they race toward their Thanksgiving deadline. After they gut their sunroom, their contractor finds wood rot and he recommends tearing down and rebuilding the entire structure. Nate sees red as his budget gets blown up by unexpected expenses and schedule setbacks.
Newlyweds Nate and Danielle decided to save money by living with Danielle's dad in her childhood home while working on their house. But the time and stress of commuting to the renovation and working late into the night is taking a toll.
Newlyweds Nate and Danielle finally start work on their family room when their contractor discovers asbestos tiles under the old carpet. This setback threatens to derail their aggressive construction schedule and causes Danielle to question her ability to move into their home.
When a sub-contractor fails to show up to plaster the new walls on the first floor, panic ensues when newlyweds Nate and Danielle realize their schedule is falling apart. While Nate is challenged to quickly devise a plan B, Danielle must start scaling back on the finishes she can no longer afford.
Nate reluctantly agrees to let Danielle mix glitter into the exterior stucco of the house. But when the design experiment fails, the newlyweds question their ability to finish the house on time and keep their relationship intact. And as they run out of budget Danielle fears her house won't be ready in time for her first family Thanksgiving dinner.
With Thanksgiving just one week away, newlyweds Nate and Danielle burn the candle at both ends to finish the house before family arrives. But as they run out of time, they realize they've also run out of budget. The idea of hosting their first family Thanksgiving dinner is looking more and more half-baked.
The Wolensky family kicks off the renovation of their Hawaii home, beginning with the upstairs bedrooms for the kids. But it's construction by trial and error, and while Alan learns renovation the hard way, the rest of the family gets their first taste of living in a construction zone.
How hard can it be to renovate a bathroom? The Wolensky family is about to find out when they take on their upstairs bathroom. Demolition comes quickly, but when hidden problems are exposed, Alan and the family may have bitten off more than they can chew.
Since the renovation began, parents Alan and Jenny have had to give up their bedroom - and with tensions running high, it's time for them to get to work on their master suite. Turning Alan's office in to a bedroom is a challenge, but when they endeavor to add a shower to a tiny half bath, the job becomes impossible to handle on their own.
Living through a renovation has been challenging for the Wolenskies, but the challenge only gets harder when the construction takes over the kitchen. With their budget running low, electrical problems looming, and the family yearning for a home cooked meal, Alan and Jenny have to get creative to complete this crucial stage of their renovation.
After months living in their Hawaii home under construction, things are finally looking up for the Wolenskys - it's time to renovate their living room, which should be an easy task. But small delays snowball into big problems as the family inches towards completing their renovation.
After months of renovating their Hawaii home, the end is in sight for the Wolensky family. But their final task may be their biggest challenge, when they attempt to turn their garbage dump of a yard into an island oasis.