We are located in an area of nature preservation on a semi-deserted beach. It is a chance to step completely outside the regular tourist trail and enjoy tradition beach life in Brazil. We aim to maintain nature beauty of the area as much as possible this includes replanting local restinga (beach vegetation) to protect the coastline.
The house has been designed by Recife-based architects to take full advantage of the nature breeze and shade to create a home which has a low impact on the local environment. We recently fitted solar panels to provide hot water. A special designed roof and use of open-clay bricks make it a unique project. The property was built by local builders. All the doors and furniture were hand-made by a local carpenter. Even the floor tiles are hand-made. We have a small allotment to grow our own vegetables.
Our two staff, Maria Helena and Laudemir, grew up in the nearby historic town of Porto de Pedras. The work we can provide for them is vital as they are few options in this region. By working with the closely we have been able to give them new skills and they have been able to help us by produce locally from fishermen and farmers. It has been a two-way learning process. Maria Helena even raises her own chickens and pigs (all the organic waste from the house goes straight to the pigs).
A percentage of all the income on the house goes directly to the NGO Ruas & Pracas who work with street children in the city. The money is used to run workshops to help develop skills. The owners of the beach house have been working with Ruas & Pracas for over 3 years and have raised over £5000.
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