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.

Downsizing- Add Functionality To Your Tiny Home

By: Nina Asusa

Downsizing- Add Functionality To Your Tiny Home


Tiny homes are one of the biggest real estate trends right now. Smaller spaces like apartments or tiny homes on wheels allow new homeowners to buy property at a more affordable cost. Given the rising market prices, tiny home living is becoming the norm for millennials, the newest generation entering the marketplace, as well as baby boomers who need smaller spaces once their kids move out. If you like the thought of tiny home living, but are wondering how it works, here are 5 ways to add functionality to your tiny home. 
1. Declutter
If you have a tiny home, you have limited space. Filling your home with clutter is a sure way to make your tiny home feel even smaller. You want to make the most out of the living space you have, so decluttering is key. Go through your belongings and ask yourself what you really need and which ones are a priority for you. Everything else, you can toss, donate or give away. For the items you do keep, make sure to organize them in storage solutions so they’re not sprawled all over the place. 
2. Be Wise With Your Paint Colours
The colour you choose to paint your tiny home can make a huge difference in how it feels. Dark colours can make a space feel small and cramped, while lighter tones open a space up. Given that tiny homes are already on the small side, painting your walls in light neutral shades like white or light grey will reflect more light and make your space feel bigger. 
3. Invest in Multipurpose Furniture 
One of the best ways to make a tiny home work for you is with multipurpose furniture. Rather than trying to stuff everything into such a small space, opt for furniture that gives you maximum functionality. Look for a coffee table and beds with hidden storage underneath, and opt for a modular sofa that allows you to reconfigure one piece of furniture into multiple seating options. 
4. Up Top Storage 
If you feel like you’re running out of storage on the floor, consider vertical storage options to help you get organized and get rid of unwanted clutter. Use wall mounted shelves to store books, accessories, small plants and framed photos. If you want to add height to your space, try hanging curtains from the ceiling and putting artwork up high on the walls. 
5. Mix Textures and Finishes 
You may think you need to keep things as minimal as possible to make your tiny home feel like it has more space, but that’s not necessarily true. Bring warmth and comfort to your home by mixing textures and finishes. Consider pieces like a colourful Turkish rug, a velvet sofa, and rattan chairs. Mix smooth and plush materials to make your space feel more livable. 
Living in a tiny home can take some adjustments, but as long as you follow these tips, you’ll be able to get functionality and comfort out of tiny home living!