Impressed and excited is how we felt after our first meeting with Gabe and that feeling continued the whole way through the building process.

Gabe's experience and professionalism is what really impressed us, with the icing on the cake being his sincere demeanour coupled with his integrity in our dealings and his transparency of costs.

Gabe was always Generous with his time and we never felt rushed, allowing us to make the right decisions about the design of the house, he also gave great advice when were stuck with what selections to go with.

Overall the experience was completely satisfying and would happily recommend him to family and friends.
Kind Regards,

Shannon and Sally O’Neill

From the initial telephone calls I could tell you were not the average builders. You both were friendly, open and honest from day one, which was very much appreciated.

Telephone calls were always returned in a more than reasonable time frame and you were always punctual when meeting times were arranged at the building site. Any questions I had were answered honestly and with a smile.

Not only are you a pleasure to deal with, your practical ideas and the thought that goes into designing a home is amazing and insightful. Your designs are practical and aesthetically classy.

Over the past 24 years I have used numerous Canberra builders while extending or building a new home and none of these builders placed as much importance on me as a client and the final result as you have.

Finally, we have a builder in Canberra who will and can provide a great end result and a quality family home.

I would recommend Kolak Living to anyone who would like to build a new home with an intelligent, honest and courteous builder with an outstanding result.

Yours sincerely,

D. Steele

We are really happy with our new house and it has made a significant improvement to our standard of living. Gabe Kolak is a very personable, reasonable and professional builder to deal with. Gabe works very hard to ensure his clients are happy with the product. We were consistently impressed by how flexible Gabe was in relation to the building process; a quality we found lacking with other builders. Gabe delivered an excellent product that was good value for money; we have no reservations about recommending him.

Thank-you Gabe!


“Buying our new family home was never going to be an easy task. Our almost three year search finally came to an end when we recently purchased our new home from Gabe and Kelly Kolak of Kolak Living.

When we first came to view this house we felt 'at home'. I think that was from both the aesthetic of the home but also how the Kolak's presented the home to us, not once making us feel pressured to make any hasty decisions. The attention to detail and the design and layout truly has family at its heart. All our dealings with the Kolak's then became a true family affair as our children would accompany us to the inspections – we really got a true sense of who we were dealing with.

The home

Both pleasing to the eye and extremely functional, our five-bedroom Kolak Living home we feel was built with family at it’s heart. From the huge kitchen island bench to the separate (but free-flowing) living areas,  the logical placement of the carpets in the family room and generally, the sheer size of all the rooms – the home ticked all our boxes to accommodate our two growing boys. That the home was built on the block to maximise its corner street frontage AND had a proper backyard – truly a surprise especially for a new-build home. We had initially discounted ‘brand new’ on our search list as the homes we had seen to date did not give decent backyard and outside room – the top priority as part of our search. The Kolak Living home changed all those preconceptions and we’re so glad we took the chance to inspect the home.

The attention to detail in the choice of fittings to the workmanship, we have again been very pleased with. Plenty of storage throughout the home but without feeling overwhelmed. There are also the smaller touches like the soft-close toilets and the recessed walls in both the family and lounge room – all of which may seem small in detail but certainly do not go unnoticed.

The sale and aftercare

The one thing that has been consistent throughout the entire process (from inspections to negotiations to the aftercare now that we are in our home) has been the open communication.

Both my husband and I have really appreciated the transparency of conversations between the Kolak's. All of our questions or concerns were answered almost immediately. That these conversations have not stopped once contracts were exchanged has really been a lovely personal touch I’m not sure you would get from other builders. We certainly were not expecting the ‘after care’ especially as the home was already completed.

Whilst we have no future plans to move, we would have no hesitation in recommending Kolak Living. If you are after a true family home with functional family living at the heart of the design, combined with high-end finishes, Gabe and Kelly are the people to talk to. Our ‘forever family home’ is testament to that.”

Maddy and Chris