As Lum reads trade magazines for the construction business, Abner gets a little confused over what blueprints are. His debts with the church piano are behind him, but now Lum is committed to build that dream house for Mr Duncan.
Abner gets sidetracked as he and Lum talk about the contractors to use on the next housing project, and the relationship rifts between the parties involved with it. When US Quincey visits, Lum tries his hand at a sales pitch to build him a new place. All Quincey is concerned with is having his barn painted, a project that has never seemed to be accomplished over the years.
Lum shows off different architectual styles to Quincey. His problems grow when a phone call reports that the widow has visited her land, and shot guns are involved when personalities have clashed.