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We’ve been a vital part of the community for nearly two decades, earning a reputation for courteous, informed service and outstanding workmanship. Our clients enjoy the caring support of a boutique home builder combined with the affordability and proven results of an industry leader. Discover why so many homeowners and families in the ACT Region prefer Gracious Living to Build their Homes.

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We prioritise personalised service and building a satisfying personal relationship with you. That’s how we consistently exceed your expectations and deliver an outstanding home. Our clients who have been with Gracious Living for a second or even third home will tell you: our approach guarantees high quality, happy results!


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What our clients say

We love hearing our many, many satisfied customers talk about the advantages of their Gracious Living experience.

  • I am pleased to write this letter of reference for Gracious Living Constructions.

    Over the past 9 years, Gracious Living Constructions has built 3 houses in the Gungahlin region for me. It has always been a pleasant experience in all my communication with Matt and Darren. They are very knowledgeable, professional and responsive throughout the process of the house construction.

    All 3 houses have been built with excellent workmanship and of high quality finishes. Because of the quality constructions, I have kept the first 2 houses as investment rental properties. The first house was my home is now 9 years of age and all fixtures and fittings are still in very good working condition. None of them needs to be replaced and I have had no maintenance issues with any of the building fabric.

    If there are opportunities for me to build more houses in the future, I will definitely approach Gracious Living Constructions and build with them.

    Yours sincerely


    Harrison, ACT Canberra

  • Dear Gracious Living Constructions,

    I wish to take the opportunity to thank you and all your team on your effort building the house for us.

    It is a very comfortable house for our affordable budget. The house is designed perfectly for us, thank you. You have delivered us our first home under the Governments Affordable Housing Scheme, which is the only way we could have achieved it. It is not grand, but it is comfortable and we love it, and more importantly it meets our needs. I have to say that the house has good energy efficiency and is bright with happiness. I can tell you that my family loves living here.

    I hope that you can achieve what you want to achieve in the future. And once again, thank you and your team’s efforts on constructing our new home.

    Kind regards



  • I wanted to send a heartfelt thanks to you and your team on the completion of my build.

    What a fantastic experience! Before I decided to build I had so many people preparing me for the worst “it’s so expensive, the process is so stressful, nothing is ever completed on time”. I was pretty scared to say the least!

    However here I stand, having gone through the process with Gracious Living and I don’t have a bad thing to say. From the very start, you were available to help me select my dream block of land. The fun then began with choosing a house plan. To say you and your team were patient is an understatement. You made sure that I was 100% happy with the plans and also made sure that all along the way I stayed within my budget which was so important to me.

    Choosing my colour selections and house inclusions was the next daunting task – but your team once again made it a stress-free and enjoyable time. I had so many options to choose from (without having to deviate to more expensive or “additional” options if I didn’t want to).

    When the build started I was amazed when I received photos via email of the slab being poured – how exciting! Over the coming months, I was constantly kept informed of the process and how we were tracking. Everything was completed on time without a single hiccup along the way.

    When I first saw my completed home I was absolutely blown away. The finish and quality were amazing and I felt incredibly blessed to call the house my first home.

    I would and have recommended Gracious Living to all of my friends and family and will use your services again for any future builds.

    The build was impeccable, your team understanding and helpful and the process all completed on time with no hidden surprises along the way.

    Can’t thank you enough,


    Bonner, ACT Canberra

  • From our first visit to a Gracious Living Display House we were impressed by the design, the layout, the inclusions and options. On our return to the display house, about 30 minutes later, we went through the house again and then spoke to the Sales Manager who provided us with a fully prepared Information Sheet with floor plan, which listed all the inclusions with the price, plus additional options. We went home having decided on our new house in just a few hours!

    Everything with Gracious Living was well prepared and organised with no unpleasant surprises. A very thorough Contract was drawn up, together with progress payments, which was signed by ourselves as well as the Sales Manager on every page. As soon as we had settlement on our block Gracious Living was ready to start the following week.

    As part of the Contract we had a three hour meeting with an Interior Designer, and again all our choices were recorded as part of the Contract, which certainly saved us extra time if we had done this ourselves.

    At every stage we were updated by either Darren Goodwin or Matthew Smith, and given advance notice of any site meetings. Both Darren and Matthew were very approachable with any minor variation we requested.

    All contractors turned up when expected and were very professional and friendly, and their work was faultless.

    Our house was completed on time and at handover we were presented with a folder containing all the warranties and instruction leaflets for anything which had one. Darren drew our attention to any paperwork which required our immediate attention to validate warranty.

    The Maintenance Period was organised and the relevant tradesmen arrived together, and on time, to make the minor repairs/adjustments.

    Darren and Matthew have continued to make themselves available for any questions we have had, even though we have been in our beautiful home for nearly three and a half years.

    It was an absolute pleasure to have Darren and Matthew build our home, their knowledge and advice certainly helped us in some of the decisions we needed to make.

    We have no hesitation in recommending Darren Goodwin and Matthew Smith of Gracious Living to anyone who is looking for a quality home built with the least amount of fuss.

    David and Margaret

    Forde, ACT Canberra

  • Reference for Gracious Living Constructions:

    Without doubt, the team at Gracious Living are great builders: they took all the hassle out of our “knock-down/rebuild” project, and made the whole experience a delight.

    From making our requested changes to their standard design, to recording all our personal selections for materials and finishes and to the inevitable changes/ additions along the way, we felt they were working for us, and fully accommodating of our wishes.

    But the real pleasure was in the quality of their workmanship. Everything on site appeared streamlined and organised without long delays so work progressed quickly. We knew the quality was there when one of the finishing-off tradies told us he would only work on Gracious Living projects as you knew everything would be straight, level and to plan, meaning finishing off took half the effort of other sites. We couldn’t fault the final finish, and had a bit of a laugh to ourselves about the need for a “fix-up” period – and we were right, everything is perfect 12 months later.

    Building your home should be a great experience, not one fraught with anxiety, problems and bad feelings. We can say for us the experience of working with Gracious Living could not have been better and we would happily recommend Matthew and Darren to our friends and anyone wanting a trusted builder.

    Bill and Louise

    Giralang, ACT Canberra

  • Julie and I would very much like to thank the entire team at Gracious Living for delivering us such a fantastic home. It is amazing as to how much has been achieved in such a short period of time, we are most grateful for the resources and expertise that you made available to us during the entire process.

    You assisted us in finding our block of land, you where flexible with changes we wanted to make to the house design and you helped us with all the material and colour selections that went into our new home.

    As part of the build, we were invited to the house at several points during the build process. We had to confirm our expectations with the tiling layout, as well as to make final decisions as to the position of power points and light switches. Being given a chance to walk through the partially completed home and given a chance to make a few changes was very useful.

    The entire team at Gracious Living was so approachable, knowledgeable and professional – we love our house. Thank you very much Gracious Living for doing an amazing job & for letting us be a part of the process!

    Antony & Julie

    ACT, Canberra

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