Cara Brookins is a mom of four who found herself divorced (again) and ready to take control of her life. Instead of looking to another man for help, she decided she would build her family their new home herself – literally. Cara, with no construction experience, started watching YouTube videos and got to work. While their home isn’t “tiny”, we love her spirit and it’s inspiring to future homeowners of any size!
Cara bought an acre of land in Little Rock, Arkansas and rolled up her sleeves. She estimated $130,000 in costs and enlisted the help of her children to make their dream home a reality. When they ended up hitting a few snags, they simply called a friend with building experience and worked through them.
In just nine months, they finished the 3500 square foot home that they called the Inkwell Manor complete with five bedrooms and a library. It even inspired Cara to write a book, Rise: How a House Built a Family.
There’s so much more to learn from this inspiring story, so take a few minutes and watch this video about the family’s journey: https://youtu.be/-GqLfEIuNHs.