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A retired builder in Sao Mateus, Brazil, has unveiled an incredible if almost unbelievable construction project: an upside down house!

Valdevino Miguel da Silva, 65, planned the project because he wanted to do something “different and exciting”.

The front of the house is completely topsy turvy, including a front door at the top flanked either side by potted plants. 

“I decided to set myself a challenge by keeping active and instead of going down the traditional route of building a normal house I did it upside down,” said Valdevino.

“I told him not to do it because it sounded like such a crazy idea and I thought it wouldn't look right,” said wife Maria Elizabeth da Silva, 64.

“But there was no point arguing with him. Once he sets his sights on something he just goes ahead.”

The house has already become popular with tourists, but the owner is trying to rent it out, promising potential tenants that they could become instant celebrities. Their new property would not be too difficult to live in, either, considering the ‘real’ house towards the rear.

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Behind the front of the house is the true entrance to the attraction, as well as the actual living space that tenants would be renting. It features two ensuite bedrooms, as well as a kitchen-dining room and toilet.

“Our dad is very creative and I was really sceptical about what was going to emerge when he told us what he was going to do,” said the couple’s daughter Kenia Miguel de Silva.

“I thought it would look horrible but to my astonishment it has turned out to be an amazing building.”  

The protect took three years, with Maria acting as Valdevino’s assistant while they worked on the property.

“We worked well together and hardly argued because he is a perfectionist and his drawings were spot on.

“I did whatever he told me, as he has so much experience we never had any obstacles or difficulties.”

His experience certainly shows. Despite its awkward appearance, the property is actually very well supported with columns on each corner. Valdevino even installed the property’s water tank into the ‘bottom’ of the roof.

“I'm planning to build another one and I'm looking for support for my next project as I want to fit the furniture to the ceiling,” he continued. “I reckon this could turn into a really big and fun attraction as there is nothing like it in Brazil.”

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