My Four Kids And I Built Our Own House After Watching YouTube Tutorials

By | June 12, 2017

Cara Brookins had by no means constructed something bigger than a bookcase. She had no background in structure, contracting, plumbing or electrical work. She did not even watch HGTV or Bob Vila.

However as she checked out her 4 youngsters sleeping of their small rental cabin within the Ozark Mountains— their short-term sanctuary from an abusive relationship she’d simply escaped — Brookins determined to tackle the mission of her life: They’d construct a three,500-square-foot, two-story house with their very personal arms.

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“We wanted a spot to reside. And with every thing that occurred with us, it was such a pure, apparent factor that that is what we do — and I understand how loopy that sounds,” Brookins tells CountryLiving.com. “There was that factor in my head that stated, ‘I’m going to lose these children, emotionally — I’m going to lose my youngsters.'”

It was 2007, after which 37-year-old Brookins had simply left her abusive relationship. Alongside along with her youngsters, she fled to a small cottage, cautious to not write down the tackle wherever, in order that her ex could not comply with them there. However each time her youngsters heard the wheels of a automobile grinding previous the home windows, they held their breath for concern he’d discovered them.

Generally ignorance takes the place of braveness.

Whereas driving across the nation to maintain their minds busy one afternoon, she noticed a two-story house that made her cease in her tracks. She pulled into the driveway and, with out actually figuring out what drew her, peeked into the window and gasped on the good calm of the quaint, cozy house. It was huge — way more than what she might afford on her programmer’s wage. However it might match her massive household, and he or she might think about them lastly feeling snug and secure there. After spending the remainder of the night daydreaming about how she might make a brand new life for her household in a house like that, she made the rash determination to take issues into her personal arms and construct the home herself. After years of feeling scared and unsure, Brookins felt robust, assured, and invincible when armed with this new plan. So, she did not let herself second guess it — or take into consideration the overwhelming odds stacked towards her.

However much more stunning? When she advised her children — ages 17, 15, 11, and a couple of — about her wild thought the following morning, they had been completely on board. The older two had been on a church journey to Mexico, the place they helped construct houses. However, in fact, these had been easy concrete buildings that they discovered to erect with the assistance of execs.

“The children had been like, in fact, we’ll construct a home. It was as pure and apparent to them as I was to me,” she says. “All of us knew it was going to be exhausting however had no thought what we had been moving into. Generally ignorance takes the place of braveness.”

‘What have I achieved?’

Brookins managed to haggle down the worth on an acre of land in Arkansas. Then, she tried to persuade a banker that — though she wasn’t a contractor and would not be working with one — she deserved a development mortgage.

After listening to, “Sorry, we solely mortgage to licensed contractors” just a few instances, she lastly discovered a mortgage officer prepared to present her the cash and 9 months to finish the mission.

As analysis, the household gathered round their laptop to observe YouTube movies of individuals across the nation constructing homes. When she felt like she had the cling of what supplies could be required for the preliminary steps — like laying the inspiration and setting up the framing — accomplished, she referred to as of their first huge order of provides.

Brookins’s 11-year-old daughter Jade helps lay the house’s basis.

COURTESY OF CARA BROOKINS

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