YouTube can provide us with plenty of handy tips and useful advice from makeup tutorials to workouts, and though, at this point, it’s hard to believe there’s anything peeps can’t do with a video guide, we’re still blown away and wildly impressed with one mom who built her family an entire house using knowledge she learned from YouTube videos.

Cara Brookins and family

When Cara Brookins left an abusive relationship, she and her four kids needed a new place to live. But she didn’t want just any abode for her family, Cara wanted a home. After seeing the foundations of a house which had burned down, Cara first came up with her plan.

Cara Brookins _ building

Taking out a loan for supplies, she and her children (who were 17, 15, 11 and 2 at the time) set to work. Wanting to give her kids the self-confidence she felt they lacked, the family conquered each step of the process, from pouring a new foundation to framing the structure.

Cara Brookins _ Inkwell Manor

Now, the family enjoy a five-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot house that boasts a three-car garage, built-in bookshelves and a heck of a lot of pride.

“We did what everyone said was impossible. We built a house, and we rebuilt our family,” Cara explained in a video on her website. “What’s holding you back? Forget everything you’ve been told about taking baby steps, because if you want to achieve great things, start with a step so big, so impossible that it forever changes who you are… find your big step. Make a big change. What will you build?”

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(h/t New York Times; photos via Cara Brooks)