Broke Single Mom Builds House For $10K: Look When She Opens Door And Reveals 10x20 Ft Masterpiece

Between A Rock And A Hard Place

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When Charlotte Sapwell’s marriage ended and she was left without a home for her and her two kids, she began to fall into despair. Facing homelessness or a mortgage she could not afford, she decided to go a different route. She could never have imagined she’d end up where she is now - happy, secure, and with a whole new outlook on life.

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Losing Their Home

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27-year-old Charlotte, from Ballarat, Australia, lived a normal life in a normal house with her husband and her two kids. But when her marriage broke down, she found herself facing a prospect she’d never considered: homelessness. This is something no mother ever wants her children to experience, so Charlotte racked her brain to find a solution.

Couldn't Afford A House

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After the divorce, Charlotte and her children stayed in a tiny rented apartment, but she knew this was not sustainable. She thought about taking out a mortgage to buy a house, but the figure seemed unsurmountable: $400,000 AUD (about $300,000 USD). There was no way she could afford such a loan. Luckily, she was not completely on her own.

Some Family Support

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Charlotte’s grandfather lived nearby, and he offered to help her in any way he could. He could loan her some money, though nowhere near what she would need for a mortgage down payment. He lived in a small house, so he couldn’t take her and the kids in. But then Charlotte had an idea after she looked at her grandfather’s backyard.

Determined To Build A Tiny House

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Her grandfather’s backyard was big enough to fit a small cabin. So Charlotte had an unorthodox idea: she would build her own tiny house. She didn’t know much about construction - in fact, she had failed woodworking class in the ninth grade. But she would do anything for her children, and with her grandfather’s help - who is a handyman - she was confident she could pull it off.

Making Do With What She Had

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Charlotte’s grandfather gave her a loan of $13,000 AUD (about $10,000 USD). It was a tight budget but enough for her to start constructing the house on a 3x6 meter space (about 10x20 ft). She also sold many of her belongings in an online marketplace, as she figured she’d need to downsize anyway to live in a tiny home. It would entail a whole new lifestyle change for her and her kids.

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