Building a house is no easy task. There are so many elements involved in creating such a structure; even a tree-house is pretty tricky. But with a little YouTube and some cajones, it can be done.
How about a 3500-square-foot, five-bedroom, two storey home with a three-car garage? Well, Cara Brookins did it – with the help of her four children and some stellar YouTube tutorials. Talk about great promotion for your channel.
After escaping from an abusive relationship and a stalker ex, Cara and her children were homeless. Instead of searching for a pre-built home given her circumstances, she decided instead to pull up her bootstraps and take on a project that she said: “rebuilt our broken family.”
So how did she do it? Cara says she took out a small loan and bought a plot of land. As Refinery 29 puts it, “she and her children mixed mortar, laid bricks, nailed wood, and handmade counters.” Child labour aside, that’s very admirable.
Finally, after a year of back-breaking work, the familial construction team were done, and the house was/is bloody beautiful. Its been christened Inkwell Manor.
Now, Cara is a published author after she wrote about her experience in a book called, Rise, How a House Built a Family which is out on January 24th.
We’re never going to complain about anything ever again.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.