A 1946 novel by Eric Hodgins.
The story is was inspired by Hodgins's own experience building his home.
Adapted into a 1948 Creator/CaryGrant & Myrna Loy film of the same name.
The Tom Hanks film ''The Money Pit'' was intended to be a modern version, except the house doesn't get torn down and rebuilt.
The main character is James Blandings, a successful advertising executive. He and his wife grow tired of their Manhattan apartment and seek out a country estate. They fall in love with "the old Hackett place" an old farmstead with a dilapidated colonial farmhouse. They originally try to remodel the house but eventually decide to tear it down and build new. The rest of the story is a series of disasters as they overspend their budget and fight with contractors.
* AskAStupidQuestion: From the movie, "What in the world are shrunk mills?" "Probably mills that are shrunk."
* DeadpanSnarker: Bill Cole
* GeorgeWashingtonSleptHere: One of the selling points of the house is that General Gates supposedly stopped to water his horses there during the Revolutionary War.