Building a home in Door County, Kewaunee County, and everywhere else this summer will likely take time and cost more. That's because there are fewer skilled trades employees and more competition for those who are available. Jeff Dorner, with Van's Lumber of Dyckesville and Egg Harbor, says there has been an acute shortage of carpenters since the Great Recession.
Dorner says those craft workers still on the job have travel limits. Some will go the extra miles for the jobs which can add to the costs of some skills and materials.
Dorner says it's becoming a common practice for some skilled trades workers to start the day on one project and move to another worksite or more as needed.