For some couples, togetherness means a romantic dinner or snuggling on the couch.

For Megan and Jacob Rubinstein, it's meant hammers, nails, tearing down walls … and having a camera crew follow you around for months while you do it.

The Elkton couple, along with their two young children, will star in the new cable TV reality series, "Renovation Rookies," which premieres Saturday on the DIY Network.

Each season, the show will chronicle a family as its members tackle major renovation projects. Think hands-on labor and potential pitfalls along the way, including bossy contractors and over-stretched budgets.

The first season kicks off with a five-episode arc featuring the Rubinsteins, who met at Drexel University in Philadelphia and married in 2004. Three years later, the couple relocated to Maryland.

"The job I found right out of college brought us down here," says Jacob Rubinstein, 31, an engineer who grew up outside Philadelphia. "When we were first looking for houses, we happened upon this part of Elkton and really loved it, but couldn't afford it at the time."

After their son, Connor, now 4, was born, the Rubinsteins began searching for a larger home for their growing family, which now includes 2-year-old daughter Abby.

"We came back to this area and were lucky enough to find a place that had everything we wanted that we could afford," says Jacob Rubinstein.

In 2007, the couple purchased their dream home: a 1950s rancher with three bedrooms, one bath and a large unfinished basement. The 1,600-square-foot house had great potential, but it needed updates.

"We watch the DIY Network. We said, 'We could be on one of those shows,'" recalls Megan Rubinstein, a 32-year-old freelance Web designer and stay-at-home mom who is originally from Connecticut.

"We went onto the [show] website first, then did a paper application and later submitted a home video," says Jacob Rubinstein. "It was pretty much on a whim."

That impromptu decision led to the good news that they'd been selected by producers; lots of back-and-forth about schedules; and ultimately, the opportunity to fix their old house and get their 15 minutes of fame in the process.

For five months, beginning in August, a small camera crew trailed the family for days at a time, as the couple launched back-to-back renovations.

The slew of projects ranged from a new laundry/mudroom and updated kitchen to the addition of a full bath in the basement and improvements to the exterior.

"It was learning as you go," notes Megan Rubinstein, who says she hails from a family of do-it-yourselfers. "We got a couple of books and friends we could go to for advice. Basically, we were doing projects with a little bit of knowledge and learning lessons."

First up on the list was renovating the bug-infested laundry room. There were challenges aplenty, including termite attacks and flooding after a torrential downpour.

For their next endeavor, the couple extended a breezeway and replaced the exterior siding with stucco. Their surprise guests? Rabid bats.

In another episode, frustrated with having just one bathroom, the duo decide to build a brand-new bath in the basement.

But before they did that, they needed to pry off tiles that might have asbestos, fix water damage and install new plumbing. By the time the Rubinsteins were done, friendly reinforcements were called in to help complete the task.