Students gain carpentry experience at a training session sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation the and Home Builders Institute this spring in Fort Stewart, Ga. The U.S. construction industry will need an additional 747,000 workers by 2026, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says. FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Lynn Osborne has been remodeling two homes. They are different styles, in different states, with different contractors. But there has been one constant: delays because of a shortage of skilled labor. The two-year remodel of her primary home in Fort Collins was to update and upgrade the ’90s house, and it included a small extension. It was completed last year, except for the landscaping, which is still underway. That general contractor relied heavily on subcontractors, she said, and sometimes they wouldn’t show, or would arrive days late, or did shoddy work and were fired. Her remodel of an old family beach retreat in New England took a Sears kit home down to the studs. The completion date was June 2018, but it’s still not done because the contractor, who has been doing most of the work himself, is stretched and inattentive. “He’d say, ‘I’ll be out there next week,’ and next week… Read full this story
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