Cara Brookins of Little Rock, Arkansas got out of an abusive marriage about ten years ago and had four kids to take care of: two teenagers, an 11-year-old and a two-year-old. She couldn't afford a house that had enough bedrooms for all of them, but she realized she had just enough money to build one if she didn't have to pay for the labor. So even though they had no idea what they were doing, she and her kids decided to build it themselves. And they learned everything they needed to know by watching YouTube videos!
They laid the foundation in 2008 and moved in less than a year later. It's about 3,500 square feet, with five bedrooms and a three-car garage.
Cara's oldest daughter Hope is in her mid-20s now and says that it taught her that you really can do just about anything if you put the work in. Cara just wrote a book about it that comes out next week called "Rise: How a House Built a Family."