Ceilings in Mexico are often made with bricks laid in “bobeda” style, or in arches between steel beams that later are plastered and finished with lime.
I personally like the exposed brick, but my Mexican builder buddies say that exposed brick is unsightly and unfinished.
In our apartment I relented to the local real estate norms and we have covered the ceilings with plaster.
— Fernando Pagés Ruiz is ProTradeCraft's Latin America Editor. He is currently building a business in Ecuador and a house in Mexico. Formerly, he was a builder in the Great Plains and mountain states. He is author of Building an Affordable House and Affordable Remodel (Taunton Press).