HOME TOUR | Granny’s House
Held live on the TSA Instagram account
Our popular (and physically distant) home tours continue throughout the summer as architects take us on virtual live tours of their own homes!
On Thursday, August 27 join us on Instagram Live as architect Tura Cousins Wilson, co-founder of SOCA Studio, gives us a tour of his very own east-end home — an extensive renovation and redesign of an existing house which belonged to his grandmother.
During this one-of-a-kind tour, Tura will share with us the stories behind this very personal project which honors his grandmother’s legacy while creating a home for the family’s next generation. The tour will end with a moderated Q&A session where Tura will answer any questions you might have (including the story behind the colourful front porch)!
Ready to join us? The tour will be held live on the TSA Instagram account, so make sure to follow us so you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.
About Granny’s House
Granny’s House is located in Toronto’s east-end and was the former home of Tura Cousins Wilson’s grandmother. After her passing, Wilson was privileged with the opportunity of redesigning her house to honour her legacy and create a home for the family’s next generation.
The design is structured around a 19’ high void created out of what was formerly her bedroom which was relocating to make a new master bedroom on the third floor. Other than a stained glass window there were few architecturally significant elements in the house, and with the discovery of mold, asbestos and a deteriorating structure, much of what was existing had to be demolished. The void provides a means to evoke the memory of her spirit through the emptiness of what was once there. Acting as a double height space in the centre of the house, the void opens up the Toronto-Edwardian home to daylight, views, and communication between floors.
Working with archival photos, the front porch was rebuilt to its former glory and painted in a bright yellow to honour her favourite colour and recall the vibrancy of the many colourful homes in her native Jamaica. As such, the yellow provides a splash of Caribbean warmth to Toronto’s monotony of grey during the winter months.
Understanding that his family arrangements today will eventually change, it was import to design a house that could accommodate future living configurations. This was primarily done through the creation of a sun-filled basement with polished concrete floors and pine-trimmed windows. Currently a separate apartment unit, the basement can easily be modified as family circumstances evolve.
About the TSA HOME TOURS Series
As we all do our part by staying home, residential design has never been more topical or top of mind. So we thought we’d celebrate these personal spaces by taking our members on a tour of some very special homes — those designed by TSA members for themselves! Each tour will have a new architect feature their home and share with us the stories, challenges and opportunities that shaped their residences.
Missed our last TSA Home Tour? Don’t use Instagram? You can catch all our past home tours on our Home Tours Initiative Page!