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.

How to Create Your Own Piece of Paradise Outdoors

By: Nina Asusa

How to Create Your Own Piece of Paradise Outdoors


As we head into summer, we’re filled with wonderful thoughts of spending weeknights and weekends outside. With many people working from home right now, it’s important to have a relaxing outdoor space to enjoy during non-work hours. An outdoor oasis will help you de-stress, relax, and give you the mental clarity to enjoy your time at home. Here are our 5 tops tips to create your own piece of paradise outdoors. 
1. Start a Colourful Garden
Nothing says paradise like walking out onto a patio that’s surrounded by a bright, colourful garden. Planting flowers adds colour and visual interest to your landscape, increasing the appeal of your outdoor space. With so many colours and types of plants to choose from, you can completely personalize your garden to your tastes. Not to mention, plants help remove pollutants from the air, providing you with cleaner air to breathe. 
2. Pretty Privacy Features
Your little slice of paradise should be as private as possible, so you don’t have to worry about the views of neighbouring houses. Consider garden walls, pergolas covered in vines, landscaping and lattice fencing to ensure privacy for your yard. There are many beautiful ways to create solitude.
3. Consider an Outdoor Kitchen
If you love to cook and have the space and budget for it, why not add in an outdoor kitchen to your yard? It’s a great way to spend more time outdoors, especially if you’re already grilling once or twice a week. An outdoor kitchen can be as simple or extravagant as you like, with features such as a grill, countertop for food prep, closed storage, a bar, a refrigerator and a sink. Add in a patio table and dine al fresco as often as you can! 
4. Create Shade
Sure, it’s nice to sit out in the heat and sun, but after a while, you’ll welcome a little shade. Outfitting your patio with items that provide relief from the sun will ensure you’re able to enjoy the outdoors for as long as possible, without getting a sunburn or heart stroke. Choose from umbrellas, retractable awnings, or pergolas and arbours covered in vines. 
5. Accessorize
Just like you accessorize the inside of your home, adding accent pieces to your yard will add character and style to your outdoor oasis. Water features are beautiful additions that also foster relaxation due to the soothing sound of trickling water. Small touches like outdoor rugs, pillows, ceramic planters and decorative wrought iron will turn your patio into a welcoming, personalized space! 
If your outdoor space is on your mind, use these tips to create your own piece of paradise outdoors to enjoy this summer!