Brazilian Houses: 5 surprises for a gringo

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Accommodation in Brazil is very different. For hundreds of thousands of Brazilians, a home is a tent in a park. But many have luxury villas and beautiful apartments. Stationary housing in Brazil has its own characteristics.

Here are five surprises for not locals

The grille at the entrance

The grille at the entrance

In Brazil, it often becomes unsafe when the sun goes down. Especially in big cities like Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. There are frequent thefts, and gangsters from the favelas are wielding.

Therefore, in ordinary apartment buildings, the entrance is usually closed to outsiders. In front of the front door is a grille. Small cage entrance. In affluent areas, the cage is replaced with a transparent live fence. This solution looks, of course, prettier, but the essence is the same – the entrance to the house is reliably protected.

Such a decision may surprise visitors, neither in Russia nor in Europe is it customary to surround entrance doors with a cage, and it looks strange even for those countries where they make a metal door in the entrance.

Metal frames

In Brazil, one cannot find plastic windows popular in many countries. Instead, there are metal frames. You can open a window in an unusual way, either the window is tilted to the side, creating a gap for ventilation, or it opens like a compartment. Swing windows cannot be found here, since this is not the best option for metal frames. And metal frames are preferred over others because of high humidity and heat; such windows can last longer than any others.

Wall shower and hygienic shower

Brazil has a special arrangement of the bathroom. Bidets are not very popular here, as, for example, in Italy. Instead of a bidet in apartments, they make an ordinary hygienic shower – a watering can with a flexible hose near the toilet.

And this is usually the only flexible hose in the bathroom – the showerhead is usually attached to the wall and cannot be moved. This solution is popular not only in Brazil but also in the USA. For other countries, such an arrangement of the watering can is atypical and may surprise visitors. It is especially strange when in Brazil there is a bathtub in the bathroom, but instead of a hose, a rigidly fixed watering can stick out of the wall.

Tiles everywhere

Tiles everywhere

In Brazil, tiles are very popular. It is used not only in the bathroom, not only on the kitchen floor, in general everywhere. For example, on the walls in the kitchen and even the living room. And sometimes even outside the house! This is because it is durable and does not care about heat and humidity, and it is also quite cheap.

Different categories of housing

There are very different types of accommodation in Brazil, and the level of amenities depends on how much money the owner has. For example, poor people live in favelas in the squatter, where there is no planning and everything is literally collected from what was. And in houses where wealthy people live, there is often a pool and a gym.


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