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Our Story

When Made to Last owner Steve Fitzpatrick founded the company in 2012, he knew he wanted it to reflect his personal values and beliefs. It’s therefore not surprising that Made to Last has become known not only for its expert craftsmanship and project management but for exceptional integrity, transparency and commitment to quality.

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At Made to Last, our client-centred approach forms the basis of everything we do. Our aim is to build trust and create a sense of collaboration and safety that allows our clients to focus on the personalized details of their home while we take care of the bigger picture. We also guarantee “no-surprise” accountability by providing realistic, detailed estimates and keeping clients fully informed via bi-weekly invoices and online access to ongoing project information.

Most of all, we focus on creating a legacy of quality. Our homes are built by highly skilled and qualified craftspeople who take great personal pride in their work. We are unapologetic about our perfectionism, and our standard of work will not be compromised. From the moment we start laying the foundation, we are thinking about how every detail will affect the finished house.

Made to Last is also available for home renovations and commercial building projects. We are centrally located in Duncan, B.C., and operate throughout the region, including the Southern Gulf Islands.

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Our Team

The Made to Last team consists of trusted employees working alongside exceptional craftsmen and women who bring a variety of highly specialized skills to our projects. We are proud to say that we have established long-term relationships with the best tradespeople in the region, meaning that we can assemble a top-notch team without delay.

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Steven Fitzpatrick, Owner

Steven is a custom home building and project management expert with over a decade of experience in the field. He and his family moved to Cowichan from Alberta in 2012 and, like so many others, fell in love with the region’s incredible physical beauty and relaxing island lifestyle. Upon realizing that there were surprisingly few builders in the area dedicated to producing high-quality custom homes, Steven founded Made to Last.

Steven is a dedicated family man, and loves spending time with his wife and three daughters. Together, they enjoy exploring the Gulf Islands, going out on the ocean and volunteering at their church.

Scott Carruthers, Sales Manager

With a degree in Management and Organizational Development and 25 years’ experience as a pastor, Scott combines his knowledge of sales and marketing with great communications skills and a life-long love of people. He is a great listener and problem-solver, and takes real joy in seeing our clients’ dream homes become reality.

Scott and his wife Tammy have been married for over 25 years and have three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, camping and watching movies. He and his son also enjoy hunting and fishing and are mildly addicted to racquetball.

Matt Buckle, Project Manager

A Red Seal journeyman with a wealth of experience in residential and commercial construction, Matt is known for his extensive skill set, knowledge of the industry, efficiency and attention to detail. He is a true perfectionist, a great communicator and a pleasure to work with.

Matt loves spending time with his wife and children, playing hockey, strumming the guitar and volunteering at his church.

Jacob Doiron, Project Manager

Jacob is a Red Seal carpenter with 15 years’ experience, and especially appreciates working with large timbers and taking on the challenge of multiple angles and custom designs. He is gifted not only as a builder, but as a teacher, and enjoys working with and mentoring young people learning the trade.

Outside of work, Jacob loves spending time with his three children and learning to laugh at the chaos, as well as hiking, camping and all things outdoors.

Dan Holden, Journeyman Carpenter

Dan grew up working on renovation and construction projects with his father and brings a wide range of experience to our company. A highly skilled craftsman, he is known for his exceptional foresight, integrity and attention to detail – in fact, it seems there is no problem that he can’t solve. Dan works on many of our projects and is very popular with our customers.

A proud family man, Dan is the father of two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys martial arts, hunting and photography.

Will Backer, Journeyman Carpenter

With over 40 years’ experience in the building trade, Will can do it all, from foundations to framing to renovations. Because he has seen and learned so much throughout his career, he is our “go to guy” for problem solving and overcoming challenges. We know that if there is a way to make things work, Will can find it – and it will be done right.

A proud family man, Will has been married for over 30 years and has raised three daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, the outdoors and riding his ultra-powerful 50 cc scooters.

John Atsma, Journeyman Carpenter

In any construction project, the first steps are crucial to creating a beautiful result. This is where John’s skill, attention to detail and dedication to doing things right really shine. Like his father before him, John has worked in the building and construction industry for many years, and he knows how to set up a beautifully framed house. From commercial to residential, John has all the bases covered.

John has been married for 25 years and has one daughter and two sons. He enjoys the outdoors and is an avid reader.

Mike Middlemiss, Journeyman Carpenter

Mike has spent most of his career so far working with Made to Last, learning from the best, becoming a highly skilled and well-rounded carpenter and succeeding very well on his exams. He is trained in residential and commercial construction and is a hard worker with a good eye for detail. Mike has been an important part of many of our past and current projects. His great attitude and strong work ethic are evident in every aspect of his life.

When Mike is not at work or at home, he can be found playing a variety of sports, especially hockey.

Andy Peters, Carpenter

Andrew grew up around construction projects, and has a natural aptitude for the extra challenges and interest that come with building custom homes. He is also a painter with 15 years’ experience and is a wonderful asset to the Made To Last team.

Andrew is married and has two children. When he is not at work, you can find him hanging out with his family, working as a pastor with his church or sneaking away to go fishing.

Nicole Fitzpatrick, Head of Marketing/Social Networking

Nicole brings expertise in both marketing and advertising to her position at Made to Last. A creative, strategic thinker and a Vancouver Island enthusiast, Nicole is perfectly equipped to help promote our company.

When she’s not at the business end of a smartphone, Nicole enjoys spending time outdoors with her three daughters, taking advantage of the endless activities that island living has to offer, and supporting her husband in his growing business.

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Our Values

Building a home is one of the biggest investments and projects you will ever undertake, so you need to work with a company that you can trust with your vision, your energy and your money. To be worthy of this trust, Made to Last has developed a set of company values that guides everything we do.

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These are the values that guide our work and relationships:

  • Integrity. We conduct ourselves honestly and ethically at all times. We guarantee that we will never underbid on your project, hide or fudge costs or use inferior materials. For us, pride in our work is everything; we achieve it by treating our customers with care and respect and by building the best houses humanly possible.
  • Meticulous Planning. From the moment we start building, we are thinking about the end result. We consider the roof line as we lay the foundation. We adjust sub-floor heights so that flooring transitions will be seamless and perfect. Throughout the build, Buildertrend software ensures that the entire team stays on the same page.
  • Precision Craftsmanship. We always sweat the details and never settle for “good enough.” We work with the best tradespeople, the best suppliers and the best materials to build the best, most beautiful houses. We commit to building your house exactly the way you want it, and we will work with you until that goal has been achieved.
  • Communication. We build trust through clarity, transparency and accountability. We supply estimates and invoices that break down every cost involved, guarantee a minimum of three on-site meetings, assign a dedicated project manager to every build and use Buildertrend to keep clients in the loop and aware of all upcoming deadlines.
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Awards

Made to Last is humbled and proud to have received a number of awards and nominations in recognition of our designs and customer service. It is an honour to be singled out within our industry and to feel that our commitment to excellence is yielding results. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love winning a prize?

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  • Best of Houzz 2017 – Client Satisfaction
  • Best of Houzz 2016 – Client Satisfaction
  • Best of Houzz 2015 – Client Satisfaction

Houzz is a popular online platform for home remodeling and design which brings together over 40 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals in a uniquely visual community. Its Client Satisfaction honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of clients reviews that a business has received throughout the year.

  • Victoria Residential Builders Association 2016 CARE Awards – Silver, Best Custom Millwork, for our work on our Seacloud Custom Home.
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Giving Back

The people of Made to Last feel extremely blessed to live and work in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, and want to share their good fortune with others. Since 2014, Made to Last team members have travelled to the Dominican Republic each year to help build homes for people in need.

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Made to Last works with Dominican Vision Inc., a registered charity which operates on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Our team members help to build homes, schools and churches in communities where there is extreme poverty. We also bring compassion suitcases filled with medical supplies, tools and clothes for those in need; the medical clinics we help support give assistance to those unable to afford a doctor. We also bring food hampers to families who suffer from extreme poverty and, often, AIDS.

Being able to give back has opened our eyes to what really matters and encouraged us to do even more. It is something we feel called to do, and we wish everyone could have the opportunity to do a trip like this.

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