Skip to comments.Mother of four builds home from scratch after watching YouTube tutorials
Posted on 01/24/2017 2:45:46 PM PST by simpson96
Just a few years ago, Cara Brookins and her four kids felt trapped -- powerless to stop the domestic abuse happening around them, prisoners inside their own walls.
You see, for a short time, Brookins was married to a man who she says descended into full-blown paranoid schizophrenia. And even after the two were divorced, he continued to come around and frighten her family. (snip)
Brookins didnt have enough money to buy the sort of home that could comfortably house her four kids, but she wanted them to be in a safe place. So, they moved out of the house she shared with her abusive husband and into a tiny home outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. Then, shortly afterward, Brookins had an epiphany.
I had rented this cabin for a Thanksgiving getaway, she tells CBS News. And driving there, we passed this house that had been ravaged by a tornado. It was this beautiful dream house and it was sort of wide open. You dont often get the opportunity to see the interior workings of a house, but looking at these 2x4s and these nails, it just looked so simple. I thought, I could put this wall back up if I really tried. Maybe I should just start from scratch.
As it turned out, she had just enough money to buy all the construction supplies and an acre of land. So, without looking back, she and her family jumped headlong into the project.
Once I had bought all these supplies and they were all piled up, there was no way out, Brookins explains. There wasnt enough money to pay anyone to put them together. There was no plan B.
Faced with the overwhelming task of constructing a house with their own hands, Brookins and her family turned to an unlikely source: YouTube.
(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...
If you read the story, the youngest was 2 years old at the time, kid grows, so do the shrubs.
Yes I read that, thanks.
Backwoods Home Magazine has had ongoing stories of two women who built their homes. I think they did use some help.
Even with one of my sons helping me it would take a great deal of strength. I can’t imagine setting the rafters. Yikes-I’m just amazed.
Good story...Thanks for the heads up.
The people are superimposed on the house.
umm so what?
It still might be the house they built. And it still might be the actual family.
Yes, photoshopped to the max. Good eye.
Youtube is excellent. I’ve looked at:
Change a battery on a Sonata: 65,000 views.
Change windshield wiper on Sonata: 23,000 views.
I'd bet the photo is genuine. Late in the day, sun setting and long shadows. Use a fill flash to highlight the people in the foreground of the photo.
And as for youtube, I'd never repaired much of anything around the home. Then I came across youtube videos on how to repair small engines of all types and other items. Since I've repaired a push mower, lawn tractor, weed eaters and an electric range doing pretty involved repairs on several different occasions.
Please see the posts from several of us in this thread. You are used to seeing crap photos. This one was actually done correctly.
Right you are!!
OK. The press is now obsolete. Stop buying newspapers and reading their crap online. Go find the facts ourselves and let our friends know what we found out. Someday soon, I hope.
It started in 2008? Nearly nine years ago?
The “how to” info on YouTube is great. Awesome. Now.
Nine years ago? Nope.
I do not believe she would have been able to turn to YouTube for the resources and info needed to build a house like that.
Actually, I remember how to videos being somewhat better 9 years ago than they are now. An example, real plumbers would put their “how to” videos online, and, I guess when too many people were not calling them, the videos disappeared. I can’t say they were on youtube itself, but they were online.
I agree. I'm not debating that.
“the LIGHTING is completely off”
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