We were featured in the spring 2014 issue of Toronto Home magazine. In Philip Fine’s article about “Tree Huggers” he described how Memar principals, Sean Toussi and Mercedeh Arbab, kept an old oak tree when rebuilding a house. Many trees have been felled to make way for new homes. But, for Mercedeh Arbab and Sean Toussi, who fell for a 240-year-old red oak tree in the backyard of a house for sale, the opposite happened. Once they had decided to buy the old house and rebuild it, they were determined to save the tree. Three sides of the former house remain in the new structure, which was completed in 2012. The 3,000-square-foot, two-story home is now double the size of its predecessor. It stands out among the other houses in the Bayview/Eglinton neighborhood, with its majestic look. It is more classical outside and more modern inside. “I call it transitional,” Mercedeh says.