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Our Story

When Made to Last Owner and home builder Steve Fitzpatrick founded the company in 2011, he knew he wanted it to reflect his personal values and beliefs. It’s therefore not surprising that Made to Last has become known for expert craftsmanship and exceptional integrity. We are committed to transparency, building with superior attention to details, and making our client’s dreams a reality.


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 relax and focus on the personalized aspects of their home. As the home builder, we take care of everything else.

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 custom 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 excited to become your home builder of choice. We are also available for home renovations and commercial building projects. We are located in the Cowichan Valley on beautiful Vancouver Island, and operate throughout the region, including the Southern Gulf Islands.

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Our Team

The Made to Last team consists of our own trusted employees working alongside exceptional craftspeople. Together, we bring a variety of highly specialized skills to your project. We have established long-term relationships with the best tradespeople in the region, earning their respect as a premier home builder. As a result, we not only provide the best quality, but also meet our timelines despite Vancouver Island’s building boom.


Steven Fitzpatrick, Owner

Steven is a custom home builder with over a decade of experience in the field. He and his family moved to Cowichan from Alberta in 2009 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 home builders in the area dedicated to producing high-quality custom homes, Steven founded Made to Last. His expert experience as a carpenter and project manager, along with his passion for people, make him an ideal Owner.

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 with various organizations, both local and abroad.

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Andy Renton, General Manager

Andy grew up on Vancouver Island, appreciating the unique environment and recreational opportunities it provides. As a result, he is eager to help clients consider the natural landscape as they build their home. Andy’s eye for detail, communications skills, commitment to caring, and a passion for thoughtful home design are tremendous assets. After working in hospitality, cabinet-making, and property management, he most recently spent seven years as the Executive Director of Camp Imadene, a Vancouver Island camp and retreat centre. As the main contact for Made to Last clients, Andy’s skills and experiences will help your dream home become a reality.

Andy and his wife raise three children, and love to get them outdoors to hike, bike, and bird-watch.

Matt Buckle, Project Manager

A Red Seal journeyman with a wealth of experience in residential and commercial construction, Matt has been a part of Made to Last Custom Homes for six years. Matt is known for his extensive skill set, knowledge of the industry, efficiency in getting things done, and an attention to detail. He maintains hundreds of relationships with trades and suppliers throughout Vancouver Island, and always knows who to call to accomplish our clients’ needs. He is a true asset and a gifted home builder.

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

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Kyle McCooey, Project Manager

Kyle spent a decade in residential construction in Victoria before moving to the Cowichan Valley two and a half years ago. He has strong attention to detail, a passion for accuracy, and enjoys a challenge. His favourite aspect of home building is staircase framing and finishing. When Kyle isn’t at work, he enjoys traveling the world with his wife and two children, camping, renovating his project house, and riding his motorcycle around Vancouver Island.

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Andy Thomas, Project Manager

Andy Thomas moved to the Cowichan Valley with his family in July 2018 from the North West of England.  He has 30 years of experience in both residential and commercial construction. Although he grew up working on a farm, he began his adult working life as a plumber, before training as a carpenter and mason.  He has worked in New Zealand, USA, Costa Rica, Spain, and the UK.  He has also led mission teams to Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Germany and France. In his free time he loves to hike, work on his house, spend time with his family, and read his Bible.  He is an enthusiastic cyclist and a passionate soccer fan. 

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.

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.

Mike Middlemiss, Journeyman Carpenter

Mike has spent most of his career working with Made to Last. During this time, he’s been learning from the best, becoming a highly skilled and well-rounded carpenter. He is trained in residential and commercial construction and is a hard worker with a good eye for detail. Mike is an important part of our team and has contributed to many of our past projects.

When Mike is not at work or at home, he can be found enjoying the outdoors while hunting and fishing.

Dan Duncan, Carpenter

Dan was born in Port Alberni and grew up all over BC, with Ocean Falls being among his favorites for places he has lived. He was introduced to carpentry early with a background and education in boat building through BCIT. Following this, he experimented in many different trades, including sheet metal, and has experience in all areas of home building. His wide range of experience has allowed him to become highly adaptable in his preferred area of carpentry: finishing. Dan enjoys collecting knives and swords in his down time, and can be found roaming antique stores on the weekends.

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Aaron Laming, Carpenter

Aaron was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley. He has worked in a variety of industries including landscaping and millwork. Aaron has been with the Made to Last team for two years while also working as a Farm Manager for Emandare Vineyard for the past five years. Aaron enjoys working with Made to Last because he finds it rewarding to help people. In his down time, he enjoys being in the outdoors hiking, camping, engaging in archery, and trying new things. When he’s not outside or spending time with friends, Aaron can be found with a cup of coffee and a good book.

Dennis Gillard, Apprentice

Raised in Ladysmith, BC, Dennis has worked in a lot of areas, from timber framing in Alberta, landscaping in the Cowichan Valley, to building pre-fabricated homes to be shipped around North America. He enjoys learning new skills as he works for Made to Last in trades and areas he has not experienced before. When not at work, Dennis enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids, as well as adventuring and photography.

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 guiding our company’s marketing or supporting her husband in growing the business, Nicole appreciates spending time outdoors with her three daughters.  She loves taking advantage of the endless activities that island living has to offer.

Gillian Guest, Communication and Administration Assistant

Gillian is a new arrival to the Made to Last family, bringing a strong background in communications, administration and marketing. Gillian has a good eye for detail and is always looking for new challenges and projects. She is dedicated to improving the experience of Made to Last’s clients and looks forward to helping home owners build their dream homes. In her downtime, Gillian is an avid reader and also enjoys hiking and the spending time in the outdoors with friends.

Vanessa Owen, Operations Administrator

Vanessa grew up in South Surrey and relocated to Vancouver Island in 2017. After experiencing the natural beauty and lifestyle of the Cowichan Valley, she never wants to leave. Vanessa has a Bachelor in Business Administration and a background in managing the finances of various organizations. She is excited to help manage the budgets for our projects, and is committed to ensuring our clients are well informed every step of the way. When she is not working, Vanessa can be found walking her dog Taco, reading, playing card games with her husband Matt, or trying new recipes in her kitchen.

John DeVries, Journeyman Carpenter

John is a red seal journeyman carpenter. He grew up in Alberta and moved to Vancouver Island in April of this year. John has over 10 years experience in all aspects of the construction industry, including high rise and commercial concrete to general commercial and residential new home construction. He also has experience as a foreman/lead hand/site supervisor. He enjoys working with clients and a being part of a positive team. He has a great attention to detail and enjoys problem solving and learning new ways to improve production and efficiency. In his down time, John has a passion for fishing, camping and exploring the outdoors.

Some of Made to Last’s Partners

Cowichan Woodwork LTD.
Precision Engineering
FBM Plumbing
Kurtis Electric
Living Stones
Splashes Bath & Kitchen
Granny’s Gas & Woodstoves
Ace Bobcat Ltd.
Bell’s Flooring
Master Craft Flooring
Trail Appliances
Nugget Glass
Windsor Plywood



Our Values

Building a home is one of the biggest investments and projects you will ever undertake. Therefore, 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.


These are the values that guide our work and relationships:

  • Integrity. We conduct ourselves honestly and ethically at all times. Made to Last will never underbid on your project, hide or fudge costs, or use inferior materials. We take pride in our work as a home builder. We achieve that 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. Throughout the build, Buildertrend software ensures that the entire team stays on the same page.
  • Precision Craftsmanship. We always focus on the details and never settle for “good enough.” Made to Last works with the best tradespeople 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 is achieved.
  • Communication. Made to Last is committed to building trust through clarity, transparency, and accountability. Our estimates break down every cost involved, and we provide every invoice to our clients. We assign a dedicated Project Manager to every home build, and use Buildertrend to keep clients in the loop and aware of all upcoming deadlines.
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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?

  • Victoria Residential Builders Association 2019 CARE AWARDS – Gold, Best Website.
  • Victoria Residential Builders Association 2019 CARE AWARDS – Silver, Best Single Family Detached Custom Home Under 2,500 sq. ft., for our work on our Sea Breeze Custom Home.
  • Victoria Residential Builders Association 2019 CARE AWARDS – Silver, Best Interior – Residential under 2,500 sq. ft., for our work on our Sea Breeze Custom Home.
  • Victoria Residential Builders Association 2019 CARE AWARDS – Silver, Best Traditional Kitchen 200 – 300 sq. ft., for our work on our Sea Breeze Custom Home.
  • Victoria Residential Builders Association 2019 CARE AWARDS – Silver, Best Master Suite Under 560 sq. ft., for our work on our Sea Breeze Custom Home.
  • Victoria Residential Builders Association 2019 CARE AWARDS – Silver, Best Contemporary Bathroom under 140 sq. ft., for our work on our Sea Breeze Custom Home.
  • Victoria Residential Builders Association 2016 CARE AWARDS – Silver, Best Custom Millwork Under 1,600 sq. ft., for our work on Seacloud Custom Home.

The Victoria Residential Builders Association created the Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards in 1991 to recognize the west coast’s creative design and craftsmanship, and celebrate excellence in the industry. CARE Awards finalists are selected by a panel of industry professionals using criteria such as architectural design, quality workmanship, creative use of space, and energy efficiency. Learn more about the CARE Awards here.

  • Best of Houzz 2020 – Client Satisfaction
  • Best of Houzz 2019 – Client Satisfaction
  • 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. It 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 reviews a business receives each year. Find our Houzz profile here, and consider giving us a positive review today!

Made to Last also currently has a membership with Canadian Home Builders’ Association.


Giving Back

The people of Made to Last feel extremely blessed to live and work in the beautiful Cowichan Valley.  We want to share that 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.


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 other community centres in areas experiencing 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 share a similar experience.


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