There is a TV show on BBC4 in the UK called Grand Designs and I was hopelessly addicted to it, and wildly in love with the presenter, Kevin McCloud. He always starts out sort of gloomy and doomy and then in the end loves the finished project, which was completed against all odds.
One of my favourite episodes was about a couple who stumbled across an abandoned church in Co. Mayo and restored it to make it their weekend home. The husband is an architect, so did much of the planning and design work himself. He made the 8-hour round trip between Dublin and Mayo each weekend and came up with the solution to fixing the property - building an inner structure that is self-supporting.