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Our Founders

Their passion for building is in their blood, inheriting it through two generations of family builders, and with over 50 years combined experience in the building industry, Paul Ackling and Steve Gibson’s vision for Peninsula Homes became a reality in 2009. This vision was simple: to design and build beautiful, environmentally efficient and individual homes on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Both Paul and Steve have worked together for over 25 years and share the same personal values. They have a genuine commitment to each and every project and to their clients. So strong are the relationships that are built with clients and contractors that over 80% of their business comes from referrals. To date, they have over 45 satisfied clients enjoying living in their homes built by Peninsula Homes.

They are supported by dedicated office staff in their centrally located office in Warriewood and qualified carpenters on site. Their core group of suppliers and trades people complete this business with the same eye for detail and ‘can do’ attitude that is shared by the Peninsula Homes team.


Coming from two generations of builders in his family, Paul has worked in the residential building industry for over 25 years. Completing formal building qualifications in 1999, Paul has since compiled a wealth of experience building here on the Northern Beaches. From a practical and hands-on trade background, he has developed an interest and focus on the practical application of green living principles. This environmental focus touches most areas of Peninsula Homes work from the initial design, through the use of appropriate materials (many of which are recycled) all the way to helping homeowners on how to best use the well-designed features of their new home.

Paul’s genuine love of building always shows through and together with his calm and considered approach to his work means that issues are solved without fuss, well before they develop into a problem.

A dedicated family man to two young daughters, Paul is also passionate about health and fitness. He has competed in a number of marathons, including seven ultra-marathons, with plenty more in the pipeline.


Steve Gibson started his career in carpentry at the age of 16, completing an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery. In over 35 years Steve has gone from carpenters apprentice to supervisor, project manager, site manager and builder. He has subcontracted to various builders in the Sydney metropolitan area working on an array of custom-designed homes and working on the Northern Beaches for the past 30 years.

Steve has proven himself as an exceptional builder with an eye for detail and many satisfied clients. This has given him the confidence to team up with Paul Ackling and run a successful business on Northern Beaches building quality homes.

Steve’s a family man, happily married to his lovely wife Marg and has 3 adult sons. They all love the great outdoors and enjoy camping, water skiing and a spot of fishing.