Nina Asusa, Broker

Nina's journey in real estate began in the early 1990's where her passion for real-estate quickly grew from an investor and home renovator, to where she is today. In 2006*, Nina launched her full-time real estate career and quickly found herself helping her clients, who many became friends, achieve not just any lifestyle, but the lifestyle they wanted for themselves. Her model was and always will be ''Don't follow someone else's story; create your own story, create your own lifestyle, because 'home is where your story begins.'''  From a single realtor, to developing a strong team of realtors she personally mentored and later owning a real estate brokerage firm, Nina's focus remained the same. She continues to channel her high energy and extensive experience into understanding her client's needs and wants, and in helping them in their real estate journey. Nina's greatest honour is the trust others grant her when welcoming her in their life's journey.

A Guide to Creating a Backyard Vacation This Summer

By: Nina Asusa

A Guide to Creating a Backyard Vacation This Summer

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You don’t have to travel far to feel like you’re on vacation. In fact, you can easily create a vacation oasis in your very own backyard. Just think how nice it would be to have a beautiful, rejuvenating getaway just steps away from your home. Ready to kick your feet up and relax? Here’s the ultimate guide to creating a backyard vacation this summer.
1. Put In A Fire Pit
A fire pit allows you to enjoy your backyard well into the night. It keeps you warm and cozy, and provides a nice glow for when it gets dark outside. Fire pits add warmth and character to your backyard, making it feel like you’re hanging out in a tropical paradise. Oh, and they’re romantic too! A word of caution- make sure to check your city regulations for any restrictions on using or installing them, and remember to be safe anytime you have an open fire!
2. Hang A Porch Swing or Hammock
Hanging a porch swing or hammock in your backyard screams relaxation! As soon as your step out into your yard, you’ll instantly be transported away to a place where you can put your feet up, grab your favourite drink and read or listen to the sounds of nature. What could feel more like a vacation than that?
3. Add Water Features
Water features enhance the aesthetic of your backyard, while also creating soothing sounds for you to enjoy. Adding a fountain can mask unwanted noises such as street traffic, and leave you feeling completely Zen.
4. Dine Alfresco
Part of a wonderful vacation is being able to eat your favourite meals outside, enjoying the fresh air. Set up a bistro, picnic table, or larger table, depending how many are in your family. Take in all summer has to offer by eating outside as much as possible! From hamburgers and hotdogs, to pasta dishes, tacos, and so much more, you’ll love dining alfresco in your backyard oasis!
5. Add More Flowers
Flowers can instantly transport you to your most-loved far away vacation spot. Add pretty containers to your outdoor seating areas and fill them with your favourite blooms. You’ll love stepping out into your flower-filled yard and it will instantly give you tropical vacation vibes.
6. Set Up A Pop-Up Gazebo
Nothing says vacation quite like a gazebo. Set up a pop-up gazebo in your yard for the ultimate glamorous hideaway. Fill it with comfortable outdoor furniture and tons of pillows to make it a space you can’t wait to spend time in. Eat snacks and appetizers out in the gazebo or just chat the night away with friends.
7. Host AnOutdoor Movie Night
Hosting an outdoor movie night is always so much fun, and makes it feel like your worlds away from home. Bring out lots of blankets and pillows to create a cozy space on your porch, and stock up on popcorn, candies and drinks! Choose a fun flick and either invest in an outdoor screen or use a heavy-duty white sheet with a projector.
You don’t always have to get away to take a getaway. Add these elements to your backyard for a vacation that’s close to home!