A passion for renovation during a time of high demand and high prices

Nathan Law

One Shreveport couple is not letting inflation ruin their dreams of beautifying Shreveport.  Susana and Peter Cerwinski joined the Shreveport community in 2017, after living in numerous cities all over the United States.  Susana a native to Ayacucho, Peru, brings a flare of South America with her, taking her vision […]

Peter and Susana Cerwinski renovated a house in Springlake.

One Shreveport couple is not letting inflation ruin their dreams of beautifying Shreveport. 

Susana and Peter Cerwinski joined the Shreveport community in 2017, after living in numerous cities all over the United States. 

Susana a native to Ayacucho, Peru, brings a flare of South America with her, taking her vision of the old and new and creating something beautiful. Peter a Virginian is just along for the ride, taking Susana’s visions and making them a reality. 

During the Cerwinski’s 8-year-long marriage they have done over six home renovations and are hoping to make this hobby a lifelong career. 

With a year of uncertainity from a global pandemic, this couple is anxious to explore the renovation world with lumber at an all-time high since 1997 and a newly acquired home. 

“It is going to be a risk,” said Susana. 

The couple bought a home back in 2019, in the Springlake neighborhood and finished just months before COVID-19 made an appearance. They are confident in this new renovation but are expecting to see prices increase. 

“I would think that if these prices continue what we did with this house, I think we spent 40k in renovations here. It will probably maybe be 20-30 percent more at the other house. We will probably end up spending close to 70 or 80,” said Peter. “We are hoping prices will come down.”

Construction inflation

Peter and Susana Cerwinski have renovated a house in Springlake during the pandemic.

The National Association of Home Builders reported that the price in lumber is adding nearly $36,000 to new home prices. 

Lumber is not the only building material that has seen an influx since 2020, but copper and wire as well. 

“Copper and wiring are right behind it, as far as something increased. There are just not as many dollars of that in a house. Little price fluctuations like that can be absorbed but lumber there is so much wood in building a house,” said Dixey Robertson, Executive Officer, Home Builders Association of Northwest Louisiana. 

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