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Why Are Material Prices Increasing?

If you are considering building a home, you may have heard about the increasing cost of materials. While lumber catches most of the headlines, and are thankfully currently low, costs are very fluid and rising in other categories. The rate of change the construction industry is currently experiencing is unprecedented. Material price increase is due […]

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Time for Some Home Maintenance and Improvement

As we reach Spring on Vancouver Island, it’s always a good time to look around the house and think about home maintenance.  Perhaps you hope to host family and friends at your home in the coming months. Or maybe you are considering selling your home. Regardless, home maintenance is an important thing to keep up […]

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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 to live in than traditionally built homes. You may already be familiar […]

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JOB POSTING – Communication & Marketing Administrator

JOB POSTING – COMMUNICATION & MARKETING ADMINISTRATOR Made to Last is offering a rewarding career opportunity for an experienced Communication & Marketing Administrator. Job Summary The Communication & Marketing Administrator is responsible for supporting the Owner and General Manager with the day-to-day marketing and administration of Made to Last, with a focus on ensuring positive, […]

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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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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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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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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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