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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?” With many builders, such as those developing spec homes, you are dealing with fixed plans, and many choices are not offered to or made by the homeowner. Made […]

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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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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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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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JOB FILLED – Executive Assistant & Construction Estimator

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 Executive Assistant & Construction Estimator. Job […]

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JOB FILLED – BOOKKEEPER

Job Summary This position is responsible for the management of all bookkeeping functions within the organization. Specific Responsibilities Receive and record vendor invoices, ensuring all invoices are reviewed by a manager and entered into Quickbooks. Accurately pay vendors in a timely manner according to their organization’s requirements. Create client invoices on a semi-monthly basis working […]

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Job Posting – PROJECT MANAGER

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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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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Self-isolating? Time for Some Home Maintenance and Improvement

With people self-isolating in their homes due to COVID-19, many are looking for projects to keep them busy. If you have one of our custom homes, but you’ve been neglecting your home maintenance, this time at home provides you the chance to catch up. If you live in an older home or are planning a major renovation, there might be […]

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