After being a victim of domestic violence and stalking, single mother Cara Brookins decided to start fresh – and build a five bedroom house for her and her four children. Complete with a two-story treehouse and three-car garage.
She writes on her blog:
When I had the idea to build a house everyone thought I was crazy. This shocked me every single time I heard it. Because when I added up where we were at (broke, scared, small, uncertain) the one and only way I could see for us to move forward was to do this big thing. And I never doubted for a minute that we could do it.
Brookins took out a small loan to pay for an acre of land and watched hundreds of YouTube tutorial videos on construction.
She writes on her website:
While our toes nearly froze off as we mixed concrete in a wheelbarrow, our back muscles ached from hauling two-by-fours, and we sweated and itched our way through fiberglass insulation—we also rebuilt our broken family.
Now, Brookins has a podcast where she interviews people who inspire her, and has written a memoir – Rise: How a house built a family.