A 1946 novel by Eric Hodgins.The story is was inspired by Hodgins's own experience building his home.
Adapted into a 1948 Cary Grant
& 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.