Why your extension will cost more in 2023 — and expert tips for managing your budget

Kitchen extension
Moores Direct has this tip for lowering kitchen extension costs: "If you’re wanting to reduce the cost of a new kitchen, one option is to go for a laminate worktop rather than quartz or granite." (Image credit: Moores Kitchen)

Adding an extension is a way of creating extra space that can have a dramatic impact on your home, but costs remain a pertinent issue for extenders in 2023, and you may unfortunately need to budget higher than expected to complete your project.

The past couple of years has seen all sorts of challenges for those building an extension, including a building materials shortage (which has now mostly eased), a trades shortage, and rocketing material prices. But, despite these challenges, the popularity of extensions could be set to increase in 2023. 

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.