In the building trade the word finishes refers to aspects of the structure that remain visible once construction is completed.
For months and months everything that you see at a construction site: steel, pipes, wires, formwork, etc will become invisible as the structure “matures” and gets a cosmetic makeover.
As a client of a builder it’s very exciting to see the start of finishing elements such as plastered walls etc because then you know there’s light at the end of the $ tunnel.
One trend in finishing a building is to leave certain rough elements such as brick work uncovered. We are going to experiment a bit and have some painted brick in a stairway, for example. And our ceilings will not have gypsum board: just smooth concrete.
The brick and plastering team works as a unit, similar to the building crew.