Before & After: A Colorful Eco-Friendly Renovation for a Family of 29

A Brazilian woman, Dona Eunice, and her husband have been caring for children and their families for years. They've fed them, helped employ mothers in a sewing cooperative, and even adopted and took custody of 27 abandoned children. All their good deeds were rewarded by a Brazilian television show with a gorgeous sustainably-focused home makeover.Upon moving to the community of Green Meadows in Rio de Janeiro, the couple found the area stricken with poverty, high unemployment and children without a home or school to attend. As they started to care for the families in their community, their home quickly became a community center of sorts — they watched after the children, while providing a sewing cooperative as a way to generate jobs for the mothers.

The Brazilian television show, Caldeirão, gave the family a complete home makeover, car repair, entrepreneur assistance for the cooperative, branding and a website for her project, Costura Unida. Caldeirão employed design studio, Rosenbaum, to help direct the home makeover. Highlights include:
• Recycled materials throughout
• A newly painted facade
• A vibrant sewing room with machines, materials, and storage made of recycled soda materials
• A restored outdoor space with a recycled 2-liter bottle vertical garden
• Community nursery equipped with toys, furniture and school supplies
• A suite for the owners, and separate boys and girls sleeping quarters

via Treehugger

(Images: Leonardo Costa/rosenbaum)

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