Lath and Plaster Ceilings Explained, Plus Repair and Removal

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Lath and plaster ceilings and walls were common in houses built from the 1700s right up until the early 1900s.

Many renovators and owners of older properties will discover lath and plaster ceilings when they come to remodel and decorate their homes. While in many cases these types of ceiling can be left well alone, providing they are in sound condition, in other instances they might require repair work. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.