Mom builds house for her family using YouTube tutorials

Story highlights

  • The cost of supplies for her dream home: $130,000
  • She and her children built their 3,500-square-foot home in nine months

(CNN)With two bad marriages behind her and debt that came with them, Cara Brookins needed a place to stay for her and her four kids.

But Brookins, who writes young adult novels for a living, didn't have the money to hire builders. So she built one by herself -- using YouTube tutorials.