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 Designing Dual Purpose Rooms

By: Nina Asusa

A Guide to Designing Dual Purpose Rooms


Dual purpose rooms have been growing in popularity, and while creating a dual purpose room may seem like a daunting task at first, when you realize the benefits of blending rooms, you know it will be worth it in the end. You’re likely already using certain rooms in multiple ways, so why not increase the functionality by officially making them dual purpose spaces? Here are our best tips for designing two rooms in one.

1. Guest Bed Options

Placing a daybed in your playroom or office is a great way to create a dual purpose space. Most of the time the room will be used by you or your kids, but when you have guests come to visit, it doubles as a perfect space for them to sleep! A murphy bed is another great option if you’re tight on space. Flip it up during the day when you’re using the room for its main purpose and flip it down when guests stay the night!

2. Make Use Out Of a Corner

A corner desk is one of the best ways to get use out of a corner. Opt for a desk that has lots of storage above the tabletop to make the most out of the space. It offers the perfect amount of room to get some work done, answer emails and pay your bills. You can place your corner office in any room, from your bedroom to your guest room or even a living space.

3. Get Crafty with Multi-Purpose Furniture

Any room can become a dual purpose room with multi-purpose furniture. Think: a couch that transforms into a bed for overnight guests; a shelf that folds out into a dining table; or a coffee table that doubles as a desk and has lots of storage space. Multi-purpose furniture is specifically ideal for smaller spaces such as condos that don’t have many rooms.

4. Shared Bedroom

If your kids share a bedroom, separate each side with a curtain in the middle and allow them to personalize their side of the room. They could have completely different tastes and still be able to bring in each of their personalities to the space. Allow them to choose different colours for their walls and decor to make their side truly their own. Even if they’re not fond of sharing a room, they’ll appreciate their separate spaces.

5. Laundry Room Workspace

Oftentimes the laundry room turns into a space for storage and junk you should probably get rid of. Give life to your laundry room by adding in a workspace. Add a desk with drawers and a chair in front of a window for an office space you’ll love spending time in. This will keep clutter and papers out of your living spaces, and give dual purpose to a room that isn’t used as often as the rest.

6. Get Practical With Walls

Using wall space can dramatically increase the functionality of your home. Rather than hanging pictures or art on your wall, use your wall as storage space: hang a bicycle, hang folding chairs, or put up shelves to display plants. The less floor space these items occupy, the more use you’ll get out of your square footage.

Try out these ideas to increase the functionality of your home! And if you’re too overwhelmed by the idea of a dual purpose room, but need to take function to the next level, consider hiring a professional organizer to get the job done right!