Whether you’re saving up for a deposit, or scraping together enough funds for the mortgage, most of you will know the struggles of trying to go through life with a roof over your head.
On the whole, it’s a stress we manage with the minimum of fuss, but from time to time, maintaining your living space will drive you nuts. Sometimes, a broken boiler has the potential to push you over the edge, and in your rage, you might wonder if it’s worth just moving out and building your own home. At least then, you’ll know it’s up to task.
Of course, nobody really does that, do they? Surely it would be expensive, not to mention insanely difficult. Despite what you might think however, single mother Cara Brookins might be about to prove you wrong.
She took out a bank loan, and along with her four kids and a ton of YouTube tutorials, built a house from scratch that any professional contractor would be proud of. Impressive, sure, but it all makes sense when you learn about the ordeal this young family have been through.
Back in 2008, Cara Brookins was in a bit of a tight situation. She was being stalked by her mentally ill ex-boyfriend, and it didn’t help that her husband was violent and abusive too. You’ll note that this isn’t the best environment to bring up children in, and when Cara looked at her four kids, aged 17, 15, 11, and 2, she saw what she referred to as “no confidence”.
“My kids and I spent years walking on our tiptoes. We felt broken, shattered, we were all just in this survival mode. We had all gone so far into ourselves, that we weren’t working as a team any more. It was very difficult for us to communicate, or even to talk to each other.”
Usually, a family breakdown like this would entail a nice family getaway to Disneyland or something, and after leaving husband number three (she’d previously married her high-school sweetheart at 18), that’s exactly what Cara and her family did. They moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, and while renting a cabin for a Thanksgiving getaway, Cara had an epiphany.
“I had rented this cabin for a Thanksgiving getaway. And driving there, we passed this house that had been ravaged by a tornado. It was this beautiful dream house and it was sort of wide open. You don’t often get the opportunity to see the interior workings of a house, but looking at these 2x4s and these nails, it just looked so simple. I thought, ‘I could put this wall back up if I really tried. Maybe I should just start from scratch.”
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