Revelstoke tiny home initiative receives RBC Future Launch grant

The $15,000 grant will allow Adrian Giacca to focus full-time on the Revelstoke Microhome project, which proposes the creation of affordable housing, food security and connection to the community through the development of a replicable small-scale co-housing model.

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A concept design for the Revelstoke Microhome project. Photo: Adrian Giacca

A $15,000 RBC Future Launch grant will allow Adrian Giacca to focus full-time on the development of a tiny home community in Revelstoke.

Adrian Giacca, third from left, is joined by Revelstoke Community Foundation board members and RBC Revelstoke staff at the Dec. 3 announcement of funding support for a tiny home community project in Revelstoke. Pictured from left: Chris Swayze, Director of Revelstoke Community Foundation; Kerri Miskiman, RBC Financial Advisor; Lorraine Beruschi, Director of Revelstoke Community Foundation: Melissa Hemphill, Director of Revelstoke Community Foundation; Steven Hui, Honorary Director of Revelstoke Community Foundation; Linda Dickson, Director of Revelstoke Community Foundation; Zofie Humphreys, Director of Revelstoke Community Foundation; Vittoria Mendonca, RBC Future Launch Community Challenge Champion; Adrian Gaccia, recipient of the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge Grant; Vivian Mitchell, Director of Revelstoke Community Foundation; Stacie Byrne , Executive Assistant with Revelstoke Community Foundation Photo: Stacie Byrne

Giacca, a freelance landscape designer, began working on the Revelstoke Microhome Development project in 2017. He set out by asking how individuals could change the way they live and create a better respect for the relationship between nature and the built environment. The concept is to create affordable housing, food security and connection to the community through the development of a replicable small-scale co-housing model with private detached dwelling units ranging in size from 200 to 500 square feet.

“Revelstoke is a unique place that could support a community-based development. It could be really special,” Garcia said in an interview with the Mountaineer.

Read more about the Revelstoke Microhome project in this story from the January 2019 issue of the Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine.

A tiny home community in Revelstoke?

“In order to create big impact we believe a critical part of this project is engagement, research and partnership,” Giacca wrote in his application. “Since initiation of this project my work has included facilitating community engagement, establishing partnerships with local developers and builders, building relationships with local politicians and organizations, further permaculture education, and the development of a business plan and conceptual plans,” Giacca wrote.

Through the RBC Future Launch grant, Giacca will receive a living wage for the next 12-months while focusing full-time effort on the research and development of community partnerships necessary bring the tiny home project closer to reality. As part of those partnerships, Giacca is exploring a potential partnership with Okanagan College Revelstoke and Revelstoke Secondary School.

“The project would provide unique practical experience in tiny house and sustainable construction for students in their Residential Construction Program,” he wrote.

By the end of the year, Giacca hopes to have a feasibility study complete that would show Revelstoke what options are available for creating a tiny home community.

The RBC Future Launch program grant is supported by the Revelstoke Community Foundation and The North Columbia Environmental Society. Giacca is asking anyone who is interested in the tiny home project to send him an email at adrian@remotelandscape.com.