The problem is growing as inspectors age, fewer young people enter the profession, building codes become more complex, and inspectors require more certifications, members of the building industry said.
Because I live in just 640 square feet, my furniture inventory can be counted on two hands. Yet I’ve lost count of the number of dinner parties and other social gatherings that have gone on here — without a dining room table and chairs.
Hanging wicker swing chairs, a meditation room, vertical gardens and dog beds beneath open-concept desks blur the lines between home and headquarters at Etsy's 200,000-square-foot office space in New York.
When their son and daughter both settled in the Philadelphia suburbs, the couple searched for a home nearby to be close to them and the grandchildren. The search landed them in their favorite home yet.
New dangers exist today that grandparents didn’t need to worry about when raising their own children: button batteries, small magnets in toys, laundry detergent pods. Medications also pose a big danger.
“From the street, the house looks like a typical 100-plus-year-old home in Jenkintown, but inside there are many touches of modernity that we feel mix well into an old-world/new-world feel,” the owner says.
“We wanted to build something that would make a difference and create a legacy house for our family and kids, something that can last and be passed down,” said Donna Allen, who had a home designed Lower Makefield.