The family learned how to frame a house.
And pour a foundation.
The Brookins’ also learned how to be a better family. “As we were trying to do this, we were also learning how to communicate,” said Cara.
The finished product? Inkwell Manor, where Cara and her family have been living for the past eight years.
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The house boasts five bedrooms and built-in bookshelves.
Now three of her four kids are in their 20s, and the experience of building their own home has had a profound impact.
“They’re now fearless,” Cara told BuzzFeed. “They dive into anything. There’s nothing you could suggest to them that they could not do. it’s an incredible thing.”