Vancouver Island Custom Home Builders

About the Builders

Jordan and Dallas have been working hard towards this goal for 15 years to become your Vancouver Island Custom Home Builders. We have both been gaining skills and certifications along the way making us both Journeyman tradesman. The two of us have had our heart set on becoming custom home builders from before we left high school, fine-tuning our crafts along the way.



Journeyman Carpenter



Journeyman Electrician

Contracting with Communication

Contracting with Communication is KEY and will be the success or failure of any project. The reason for this is there are many parties coming together to build a home from the Owner, Builder, Designer, Municipality and engineers. With ever one of these parties has there own thoughts on what is important to them on this project and the job of the general contractor or Design Build Team is to bring all these parties together to rally around a common goal. Making sure that everyone involved in the home build understands what is important to one another will lead to a successful project. At Buck Robertson Contracting we try and use tools like project management software to allow us to make sure we all know what is going on and where we are going in the house build. We like to ask lots of questions to make sure we understand the needs of everyone involved in the project from start to finish.

Pre Planning for your next custom home build on Vancouver Island

I understand we are all excited to get together to build the house…… But first we need to plan. Getting a Design Build team to take care of the planning of your project will be invaluable to the success of a project. If you don’t have the team which will be building your home at the table when you are designing your home you have allowed yourself to need to go back to the drawing boards at the end of the plans for re design or having less than desirable outcomes when it come to the final fit and finish of your home. When designing a home you are going to have many teams come in and help you put all the pieces of the puzzle together and if they have input from the beginning they can help flush out some of the design constraints and often can help to save money in the overall design. At Buck Robertson Contacting we are a Design Build company with a in house designer so when the plan is being formulated it is getting bounced back and forth with in the team saving time and money with long delays between parties waiting on other involved in the decision making. When everyone has a north star which would be established early on in design we can all look towards it for our decision making.

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Custom Home Builds on Vancouver Island

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A carriage house is a great idea for many different reasons, depending on your needs and where you are in your journey through life. Carriage houses are often built on an existing property and are used for downsizing, rental income, or a guest house. They can also be a starter home on a larger property.

Trails Edge

A “Net Zero Ready Home” is a home which you will feel cozy year around. Custom Home Build Lake Cowichan, BC.
Front of Roberta Ranch Custom home

Roberta Ranch

“STEP 4 HOME” is a durable home which takes health and comfort into consideration and in turn is energy efficient. Custom Home Build Nanaimo, BC.


This Ocean view home looking out at Nanoose bay, took in the views of what is to live in paradise. Custom Home Build Lantzville, BC.



Looking out at the Bird sanctuary below and crown land in the rear gave you a sense of serenity. Custom Home build Lantzville, BC.

We live on a rock! Building a Home on Rock.

Building a home on Vancouver Island is with out its challenges especially now that most of the available land is some where up on the side of a hill some where. With that comes rock and lots of it is really hard rock. Why do I bring this up is because well we need to budget for either blasting or rock breaking on most project now a days. If you are one of the fortune ones who have found your nice level lot in a meadow some where you are lucky but might still not be off the hook. With that being said “getting out of the ground” is one of the parts of the project with the most risk. We put together a risk management plan on our project to help to address these risks and share with you our thoughts about what may come up on your project.

Site walk of Nanaimo Lot

We take a tour of “Roberta Ranch”  and along the way we talk about iron pins and property lines. We discuss a little about site conditions and how this may affect one’s project. Jordan had the opportunity to have a little fun with our new toy the drone DJI mini 2.

We are working on the next video now and will be released soon.

West Coast Home Building

We live in a rain forest so lets plan for that. When you start out on your journey of building a home we want to be thinking about how we are going to deal with the #1 Killer of Buildings Water. Lets think about what rain hat we want to have our your home. If you want to learn more about this and understand more about roof design click this link below.

FAQ of Home Construction

Are custom builds more expensive on Vancouver Island?

Building a custom home on Vancouver Island can be more expensive than buying an existing home or building a production home, but there are several reasons why building a custom home may be worth the additional cost.

First, advantage of the unique features

Vancouver Island is a unique location with stunning natural beauty, and building a custom home can allow you to take advantage of the unique features of your specific location. For example, you may want to design your home to take advantage of the ocean or mountain views or maximize natural light.

Second, sustainable and energy-efficient

building a custom home on Vancouver Island can be an opportunity to incorporate environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient features. With the island’s focus on sustainability, a custom-built home can be designed with the latest technologies and building techniques to minimize its carbon footprint and be kind to the environment.

Third, budget and design goals

a custom home can be built with higher-quality materials and finishes. When you work with a custom home builder, you can select the materials and finishes that best fit your budget and design goals. This can result in a home that is built to last and requires less maintenance and repairs over time.

Overall, building a custom home on Vancouver Island may be more expensive than other options, but the additional cost may be worth it for the benefits of having a home that is tailored to your needs and preferences, built with higher-quality materials and finishes, and designed to take advantage of the unique features of Vancouver Island. Additionally, building a custom home on Vancouver Island can be a sound investment, as real estate values on the island tend to appreciate over time.


How long does it take to build a custom home on vancouver island from planning stages to completion?

The time it takes to build a custom home on Vancouver Island can vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the size and complexity of the home, the availability of materials and labor, and the permitting and approval process. Generally, the timeline for home construction on Vancouver Island from planning stages to completion can range from 12 to 24 months or more.

Here is a rough breakdown of the different stages involved in building a custom home and how long each stage may take:


Planning and design:

This stage can take several months to a year or more, depending on the complexity of the design and how quickly decisions are made. It involves working with architects and designers to create a blueprint of the home, choosing materials and finishes, and obtaining necessary permits and approvals. If you are looking to speed this part up look to do some research about what you do and don’t like about the house you live in now weather that be material selections or layout choices. This could also be things you have seen at other peoples homes.

Site preparation:

This stage involves clearing the site, grading the land, and installing any necessary infrastructure such as sewer and water lines. Depending on the size of the site and the scope of work required, this stage can take several weeks to a few months.

Foundation and framing:

This stage involves pouring the foundation and constructing the frame of the home. The timeline for this stage can vary depending on the size and complexity of the home, but typically takes several months.

Mechanical systems:

This stage involves installing the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. Depending on the complexity of the systems and the availability of skilled labor, this stage can take several weeks to a few months.

Interior and exterior finishes:

This stage involves installing insulation, drywall, flooring, cabinetry, and other finishes. The timeline for this stage can vary depending on the complexity of the finishes and the availability of materials and labor.

Final inspections and move-in:

This stage involves obtaining final inspections and certifications, cleaning up the site, and moving into the completed home. This stage can take a few weeks to a month or more, depending on the final inspections and any necessary repairs. Depending on the time of year some of the finishing touches need to be done in a fair weather season due to us living on a rain forest on Vancouver Island the weather doesn’t always play nice.

Warranty work:

At the end of the project there will be a walk though of the job with the builder and the owner this is a very important part of the job to share your thoughts of the overall project, see if there is anything that still needs to be fixed. At Buck Robertson Contracting we take a lot of pride in our work and always want to know what we could improve on moving forward with our next projects.

Yearly Maintenance:

Understanding that every product that goes into the home needs maintenance at some point. Knowing what needs to be done and when is something that Buck Robertson Contracting will be sharing with you.

Overall, the timeline for building a custom home on Vancouver Island can vary greatly depending on the specific circumstances of the project. It is important to work with a reputable builder and to have a clear understanding of the timeline and budget before beginning the project.


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