Single Mom Built A Home Using Just YouTube Tutorials.

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Cara Brookins faced a dire situation with her four kids. She decided to take to YouTube to learn a few things and the results are amazing.

Cara Brookins is one amazing woman. She is an author and motivational speaker and she is pretty good at both. The reason for this is experience beats all. Anyone that is looking for motivation to do something should go no further than looking up Cara. She and her family proved that anything is possible if you have the desire to succeed.

When Brookins found herself in a bad situation, something needed to be done. She and her four children needed a place to live but they couldn’t afford to buy a house. They could, however, afford to buy the materials to build their own house. So that’s exactly what they did. A major problem though is that just buying the materials doesn’t get a house built. They had no experience further than hammering nails. What did they do? Well, they took to YouTube of course!

The family started learning how to do things by watching videos on YouTube and each of them developed a certain set of kills to help with the project. Every trip they took to Home Depot also included asking questions for advice from people they ran into at the store.

The results are amazing as they did indeed build their own house. It’s not a normal house though, as you’ll see in a few minutes, it’s a dream house that most people would want. They did a fantastic job and they did it all by themselves. Nothing can beat that feeling!


Cara Brookins

The family didn't know the first thing about building a house, but they each learned a few things to create the perfect team. YouTube and help from people they met helped them build their own amazing house.

Cara Brookins

They had to learn everything from laying the proper foundation to the proper operation of certain saws and sanders.

Cara Brookins

Cara and her four children were able to do something that most only dream about. They built their very own home. It looks like they had a lot of fun in doing so!

Cara Brookins

They learned from watching YouTube videos and asking for advice from people they met at Home Depot. The input was invaluable and soon they were on their way to a dream house!

Cara Brookins

Once the foundation was put in place, things started to take shape. It wasn't an easy project but they didn't give up.

Cara Brookins

Cara's son shows that he had learned how to handle a powerful nail gun with the best of them. A family that builds together stays together, right?

Cara Brookins

The house looks like it was built by a group of professionals. You would never guess that it was done by an inexperienced family.

Cara Brookins

Everyone had to take part in the building process. It was a true family project like not many see.

Cara Brookins

If you aren't afraid to get dirty there isn't much that can't be accomplished. This project was against the longest of odds but together they got it done!

Cara Brookins

Look at that kitchen. Who wouldn't want to create a meal there? They did an awesome job!

Cara Brookins

This library is the thing that most people dream of having. It's a flawless job!

Cara Brookins

There is nothing like sitting down to a great meal in the dining room that you built yourself! They are all very proud of what they accomplished and they should be.

Cara Brookins

Inkwell Manor is a place that most people only dream about having. Cara and her family proved that it can be done if you want it bad enough.

Cara Brookins


You can pre-order Cara's book Rise: How a House Built a Family on Amazon.