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Made to Last Custom Homes Ltd. is a growing residential construction company, located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, BC.  Our company has been in operation since 2011, and primarily builds quality custom homes. Made to Last is offering a challenging and rewarding career opportunity for an experienced Project Manager. Job Summary This position […]

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Why Are Lumber Prices Increasing?

Many in the residential construction industry, including clients, are worried about rising costs, especially lumber prices.  Particularly concerning are current lumber shortages, and subsequent price increases.  These are a result of a combination of factors, including: Early 2020 forecasts for low demand. This led to production curtailment before the pandemic; The impact of COVID-19; Rail […]

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

Our clients have many questions about the home building process. One of the most common is “What does it cost per square foot to build a home?” The quick answer to this question is that it really depends! With many builders, such as those developing spec homes, you are dealing with fixed plans, and many […]

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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 home owner will choose […]

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The High Performance Home: Building Beyond the Standard

What is a High Performance Home? With energy costs rising, an increased concern for the environment, and a focus on comfort, homebuyers are more often turning to high performance homes to meet their needs. High performance homes use less energy and are more comfortable and healthier than traditionally built homes. You may already be familiar […]

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Self-isolating? Time for Some Home Maintenance and Improvement

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Come Join Our Team!

CURRENTLY HIRING CONSTRUCTION WORKERS Made to Last Custom Homes is looking to hire construction workers!  We have positions available for a number of roles, including lead hand carpenter, carpenter, and labourer.  Share the news or contact us today to learn more. WHO YOU ARE Our company is looking for focused and hard-working individuals to join […]

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JOB FILLED – Communication & Administration Assistant

JOB POSTING FILLED – JANUARY 2020 Made to Last Custom Homes is offering a rewarding career opportunity for an experienced Communication & Administration Assistant. JOB SUMMARY The Communication & Administration Assistant is responsible for supporting the Owner and General Manager with the day-to-day operations and administration of Made to Last, with a focus on ensuring […]

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Choosing the Right Exterior Siding for Your Home

The exterior siding of a home is somewhat like the clothing we wear. Clothing serves three main purposes: it covers our bodies, protects us from the elements, and is a statement about our style. The siding of a house (sometimes called “exterior cladding”) generally performs the same goals: To hide what is behind – Not […]

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Cowichan Valley Home Builder

Made to Last has been proud to work as a Cowichan Valley home builder since 2012.  After years of experience building homes in Alberta, company Owner Steven Fitzpatrick moved to Vancouver Island in 2009, and founded Made to Last Custom Homes a few years later.  Since then, we have completed many large renovations, significant additions, […]

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