Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

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Stuck In A Bad Situation

Stuck In A Bad Situation

Charlotte Sapwell- little explorers / Facebook

Charlotte Sapwell's marriage was over, which left her and her two kids without a home. She now faced a mortgage she couldn't afford and homeless, which led to despair, but she decided to look for different options. But she never thought in a million years that she would end up feeling secure, happy, and with a life-changing new outlook.

The Loss Of Her Home

The Loss Of Her Home

Charlotte Sapwell- little explorers / Facebook

Charlotte, who’s from Ballarat, Australia, had a normal home, and a normal life with her two kids and her husband. But when the 27-year-old's marriage fell apart, she was forced to face an unexpected outcome: homelessness. Of course, this was a prospect no mother would want her children to go through, so Charlotte brainstormed to find an alternative.

A House Was Too Pricey

A House Was Too Pricey

Charlotte Sapwell- little explorers / Facebook

Charlotte and her kids moved to a rented apartment after the divorce, and the place was small and ill-equipped for the three of them. She considered getting a mortgage, but the numbers were beyond what she could afford: $400,000 AUD (approximately $300,000 USD). Such a loan was impossible. On the plus side, she didn't have to do this on her own.

Her Family Had Her Back

Her Family Had Her Back

Charlotte Sapwell- little explorers / Facebook

Charlotte's grandfather didn't live too far and was willing to help her out. He was able to loan her some cash, but not enough to put a down payment on a mortgage. He also had a tiny house, so he couldn't take his granddaughter and her kids in. Then Charlotte got an idea shortly after she took a peek at the backyard in her grandfather's property.

She Wanted A House That Was Tiny

She Wanted A House That Was Tiny

Charlotte Sapwell- little explorers / Facebook

The backyard of her grandfather's house could accommodate a tiny cabin. So, Charlotte came up with an idea: she was going to build herself a small home. But she failed woodworking class in the ninth grade and didn't know a lot about construction. However, she would move the world for her kids, and her grandfather, a handyman, could help. So pulling it off was just a matter of confidence.

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