Brick Ceiling Arches Hidden With Plaster

May 2, 2015

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).