The shower isn't working, the kitchen is a mess and there's sawdust everywhere. But the hope is that this is only temporary.
In the Cavs' case, following the selections of Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson on Thursday, they have a roster full of power forwards and point guards, but little in the way of shooting guards and small forwards.
Fan reaction, particularly to the selection of Thompson with the fourth overall pick, has ranged from anger to disgust.
The Cavs say Thompson was their top target with the No. 4 pick from the start. Whether or not that is accurate will never be known, but it was clear they were turned off by Jonas Valanciunas' murky European contract.
Had they known the parameters of Valanciunas' buyout, they probably would've selected him fourth. But the Cavs were true to their word. They felt throughout the process that if they didn't know precisely when Valanciunas would be available, they weren't taking him.
Once he was eliminated from the discussion, who else were they supposed to take at No. 4? With Derrick Williams and Enes Kanter going second and third, the options were limited.
Had the Utah Jazz selected Brandon Knight third, the Cavs could've maybe taken Kanter fourth and traded down a few spots and still wound up with Thompson. They also could've taken Valanciunas with the sole purpose of trading him, since interest in him seemed to increase closer to the draft.
They likely could've gotten Thompson a couple of spots lower. In fact, they did try hard to move around a little bit, but
the pieces simply didn't match up, so they stayed right where they were and took the guy they wanted all along.
When this new Browns regime had completed their first draft, fans were left wondering why they took safety T.J. Ward so high atop the second round when they probably could've traded down and still picked him later.
General Manager Tom Heckert replied simply that when your guy is there, take him. Sometimes teams can get cute and try to get a player lower, only to miss out on him entirely. When a guy you want is there at the spot you are drafting, sometimes it's best to just take him.
As for the selection of Thompson, yes, the Cavs already have J.J. Hickson and Antawn Jamison on the roster. So what?
Both are in the final year of their deals, and there is an excellent chance neither is on this team a year from now. That is pretty much a guarantee with Jamison. Hickson should have excellent value between now and next season's trade deadline.
The Cavs love Thompson's makeup. They love his character. They think he can evolve into a pretty decent player in this league.
Will he be a superstar? No, probably not. But given the draft pool, they probably weren't going to find a superstar at that spot unless Valanciunas turns into one five years from now.
Given who was off the board and what was left, what would've made fans excited? Earlier in the day, there were grumblings of how unhappy everyone would be if Valanciunas was the pick, since he wouldn't have been able to come to the NBA and play right away.
If you didn't want Thompson and you didn't want Valanciunas, who was left to take?
The trade of Justin Harper (No. 32 overall) wasn't that surprising. If the Cavs could've traded back into the first round higher up, they would've gladly taken three first-round picks into next season.
Like everyone else, the Cavs knew this was a thin draft. By the middle of the first round, they gave up. There was no one left on the board they had a great amount of interest in.
With a roster already young, they weren't interested in bringing a mediocre rookie with limited long-term potential and placing him on a bad team, so they flipped him for two second-round picks in 2013 and 2014.
It's important to understand that the new regime of the Cavs covets draft picks. The more picks, the better, particularly on a roster lacking in players anyone else really wants.
Picks are assets that can be moved around in future deals. Harper might have been able to help a little bit next season, but would he really be a key figure on this team four years from now? If not, it wasn't worth keeping him around.
As the Cavs begin this rebuilding process, don't get hung up on the numbers game and the positions. Right now, it's as if there are 15 vacancies on this roster. With very, very few exceptions, the bodies currently occupying the positions probably won't be around three or four years from now. In many cases, even two years from now.
This is a massive rebuild. They weren't going to fill all their needs in one draft, particularly a weak draft, and they knew that at the start of the night.
They went into this wanting to get two good, young players to start. They feel they accomplished that with Irving and Thompson.
Right now there are holes in the wall, no running water and the microwave is unplugged.
Eventually, the belief is this remodel will lead to a sparkling new colonial, complete with a chef's kitchen and a shiny new steam shower.