Instead of a honeymoon, newlyweds Nate and Danielle chose to buy and completely remodel a 40-year-old home by themselves. But ten months later, only one room is complete and the house is un-livable. Nate reluctantly agrees to hire a contractor and Danielle gives them a two month deadline to complete. She wants a perfect house to host her first family Thanksgiving dinner.
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.