Sleight of hand and video tutorials.
American Kara Brookins were in a desperate situation — after the second bad marriage she’s literally left on the street with four children. She had no home, no money to buy it. And then she built the house by following the video instructions on YouTube.
Tell the story of Kara and her family.
In 2007, the 45-year-old Kara Brookins from Arkansas realized that her second marriage fell apart. Husband was violent with her and her two sons and two daughters, who were 17, 15, 11 and 2 years. For example, it could start to stifle punishment or throw it against the wall in front of the children. The woman realized that staying with him is dangerous. But what if there’s nowhere to run and money to buy a new home, no?
And then Kara decided to build a house yourself, although never engaged in construction. Children supported her. “We were very naive, but sometimes ignorance takes the place of courage,” recalls Kara.
After retiring from her husband, Cara took a loan of $ 20 thousand for the land and $ 150 thousand for the purchase of building materials and together with the children started to watch tutorials on building on YouTube.
Drawings of Quads helped to make 15-year-old drew, and the younger children in buckets of water from a nearby pond to mix with the cement for the Foundation.
Together they built the walls, laying pipes and wires, and received permission. Kara often worked nights.
Kara says, “Everything but my kids thought it was a stupid idea, and the building inspector thought I was crazy.”
Sometimes the family was assisted by former firefighter retired — in construction, it is also understood a little, but cheap took over his job.
Interior decoration and interior Kara with children also practiced: painted walls, laid tile and hung the lamps.
The construction lasted 9 months, and in 2009, Kara and the children moved into a new house with an area of 325 meters, with five bedrooms and three-car garage. Now housing is estimated at $ 500 thousand.
At first Kara didn’t want to talk about what he did: she was very ashamed of it, “what’s the bottom of violence and cruelty” they fell. But then she realized that her experience can inspire those who are in a similar situation.
About my experience Kara Brookins wrote the book the Rise and travels around the country as a motivational speaker. She also writes other books, so her dream to be a writer also came true. Here is a video of the lecture at TED Kara.
Kara wanted her children found a home, and as a result have built not only a house but a real family where all each other.
In his Twitter Kara writes that they “project” never ends and the family continues to improve the home of your dreams. “Find a goal and do not abandon her, no matter how difficult you may be,” she concludes.