who we are
Watch the video below to get to know our owner Patrick and see what our company is all about!
Rewild Homes was started to fill a niche and support a movement of living simply, using less, and doing more. Our compact, high-quality, portable cabins are built on Vancouver Island using locally sourced materials. We are simple, sustainable, and specialized. We started this company to follow our dream of making a difference in the community and began offering an alternative to the high housing prices that so many people face across BC, and although we started with Vancouver Island in mind, people are now reaching out to us from around the world in hopes that we can help them achieve their goals of home-ownership and financial freedom. Most of our homes stay on the coast, either on the island or in the lower mainland, but we’ve shipped homes across North America.
Rewild Homes is Patrick Whelan, director + owner; Jessica Whelan, director + design + administration; and Thomas Braden, project manager + systems developer; along with a network of highly skilled and experienced people who, like us, are problem solvers with particular skills and a passion for tiny homes.
Patrick and Jessica started Rewild Homes in 2012 with the goal of building custom, affordable tiny homes without sacrificing quality or comfort. Thomas joined the team last year with the dream of helping our clients reach their goals of self-sufficiency and has blown us away with his ingenuity and dedication. Together we make a driven team of like-minded individuals who are genuinely invested in fostering independence and exploring new ways of thinking.
WHY CHOOSE REWILD?
As an established family-run company, when you choose Rewild Homes you are helping support our family and the families of the people we employ. Our homes are different from other tiny homes offered because of our customization and flexibility – our number one goal is to help make home-ownership affordable for everyone. Every Rewild home is 100% custom, but if you’re more of the hands-off type we also offer full design services to craft your home. We work with you every step of the way to resolve everything from layout and trailer size right down to the fixtures in your shower and the colour of your walls.
We all either currently live in or have lived in tiny homes ourselves, so we have first hand experience in planning and living in small spaces. We are also proud to live off-grid, some of us full-time and others part-time, with rain water collection providing our water and solar providing our power. We can all speak first hand about living small and self-sufficiently.
Owner/founder and director
Patrick started Rewild Homes out of a dedication to sustainable living and a knack for forward thinking. He grew up in Nova Scotia and studied environmental sciences in Newfoundland and forestry in New Brunswick before packing up his bags and travelling to the other side of the country. After landing in Nanaimo to study resource management at Vancouver Island University, Patrick spent his summers managing a remote fishing lodge in Bamfield and the rest of the year building homes with a contracting company in town before taking the leap and starting Rewild Homes.
Besides building tiny homes, Pat loves to kayak, fish, hunt, and generally do anything outdoors.
Co-founder and director
If you've emailed Rewild Homes, chances are you've talked to Jessica. Jessica is a graphic designer and our tiny home designer hailing from Haida Gwaii, a rainy little island off the coast of northern British Columbia. She works tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the company running, handling everything from web design & graphic design to reaching out for publicity and managing our continual inflow of emails. She has been designing for over 10 years for companies ranging from luxury treehouse rentals to top tourism companies to the RCMP, specializing in creating personalities for existing or budding companies that have a lot of character but haven’t figured out how to show it. With 2 years of environmental engineering and a 4 year design program under her belt Jessica is passionate about minimal and sustainable living and well-versed in all things design. When she's not updating our website, sending out PR books, or responding to client emails, Jessica is out enjoying her greatest loves: rain, wine, wind, coffee, and looking at the stars with her border collie.
Project manager and systems developer
From designing off-grid systems to building framing plans to sourcing out the newest technology and products for our homes, Thomas always has something innovative to bring to the table. An electrician by trade and an inventor at heart, you'll usually find Thomas experimenting, building, fixing, designing, or otherwise creating something! Thomas and his girlfriend Tressia live 100% off the grid with their three dogs, and his experience and enthusiasm about alternative energy + sustainable living are contagious!
Say hello! We would love to hear from you.