Feb 20, 2012, 11:59 AM
Post #14 of 21
Another factor to consider - are you sure your walls and ceilings are even straight? This is why finishing carpenters are so valued in Mexico, everything has to be 'carved' into place. It seems like everything is done by eye here. A perfectly square piece of sheetrock might not enjoy that environment. The old master masons, back to Egyptian times, did not have much use for linear measurement either - the most used tools were pieces of string, plumb bobs, calipers, and books of mysterious geometric formulas or rules. These formulas were closely gaurded and, you guessed it, this is where the Freemasons came from.
A metal studded/ sheet rock home will be very noisy compared to brick/masonry, the walls are like drumskins transmitting the sound. Also the tight 90 degree corners of a sheetrock home are never pleasing to the eye. I don't know, they seem to photograph well in the real estate adverts, and it may save up to 10% of construction costs, but it is not liveable space - it seems like you are living on a movie set. This has been my experience. The most beautiful room I have enjoyed restoring had walls and ceilings of lime plaster, 3 coats, the last coat as fine as butter, polished with a trowel. It has the scent of corn tortillas (cal) and then you actually notice a sort of energy. It is a trick - the lime is absorbing large amounts of CO2, making the air in the room oxygen rich. You have created a living, breathing wall that should last at least 500 years.