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Quamichan Net Zero Awards

Quamichan Net Zero – A National Finalist

Made to Last Custom Homes is excited to announce that one of our projects is a finalist for the 2023 Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s (CHBA) National Awards for Housing Excellence. The CHBA National Awards are the premiere competition for new homes and renovations in Canada. Quamichan Net Zero is a finalist for Best Custom Net Zero Home. […]

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Quamichan Net Zero Home front exterior

Do Net Zero Homes Save You Money?

Made to Last Custom Homes built the Quamichan Net Zero Home on the shores of Quamichan Lake in Duncan. This is the Cowichan Valley’s first officially labelled Net Zero Home. “Net Zero” means that this home produces as much energy as it is consuming. This is partially thanks to the solar panels on the roof.  But […]

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What is the Cost Per Square Foot to Build a Custom Home?

One of the most common questions we hear as home builders is “What does it cost per square foot to build a home?” With many builders, such as those developing spec homes, you are dealing with fixed plans. Many choices are not offered to the homeowner. Made to Last builds custom homes. This means the […]

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Renovation to oceanfront custom home

Bare Point Custom Home Renovation

When Bare Point Custom Home began construction in 2018, the homeowners always planned to complete a future project.  The goal was to add on to the home and renovate a portion of the existing home after a few years. The original build focused on affordability. But, an addition that would include a secondary suite and […]

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Come Join Our Team! – Project Manager

Update: Job Filled   JOB SUMMARY This position is responsible for the management of 2-6 custom home completions each year, from the beginning of groundwork to handing over the keys to very satisfied customers.  Key responsibilities include: Create and manage project schedules. Communicate with clients regularly and positively. Communicate with subcontractors as required to ensure […]

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waterfront custom home under construction

3 Steps Before Building A Custom Home

1. Know Your Numbers Financing is an important aspect when building your dream home.  At Made to Last, with our accurate and detailed estimates, we work with your bank to simplify the process for payments and ensure that you are fully aware of all costs and spending. If you need help securing a mortgage, we […]

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Views of ocean from under construction home

Come Join Our Team! – Exterior Siding Contractor

CURRENTLY HIRING EXTERIOR SIDING CONTRACTOR OR CARPENTER Made to Last Custom Homes is looking to hire an Exterior Siding Contractor or Carpenter!  We are looking for carpenters or subcontractors with experience in residential Exterior Siding.  Share the news or contact us today to learn more. WHO YOU ARE Our company is looking for focused and hard-working […]

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Why and How to Choose a Custom Home Builder

What is a Custom Home? If you are building a home, doesn’t that mean it is a custom home? Not necessarily. Many builders are developers who will buy up large portions of land and separate it into lots. Developers then build homes based on a small number of fixed plans. A homeowner will choose their […]

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Made to Last team in Dominican Republic helping to build homes for families in need.

We Give Back

  The Made to Last team feels blessed to live and work in the beautiful Cowichan Valley.  We want to share that good fortune with others and help build a strong community. Being able to give back has opened our eyes to what really matters and encouraged us to do even more. It is something […]

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Goldstream Heights Custom Home timber framed front entryway

Founding Cowichan Valley’s Premier Home Builder

Steven Fitzpatrick founded Made to Last Custom Homes in 2011. He wanted the company to reflect his values and beliefs. As a result, Made to Last is recognized as the industry leader in the Cowichan Valley. We are known for craftsmanship, integrity, and a client-centered approach. Further, we are the most awarded builder in the […]

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