Planning landscaping to reduce water usage is not just for homeowners in drought-stricken areas. Between changing weather patterns, rising populations and falling water tables, water for home irrigation is only going to grow more expensive. By selecting plant species that require less water than the usual landscaping standards, a wise homeowner can save a lot of money. Whenever your home improvement projects call for installing or replacing light switches, spend a little extra money to equip each room's primary lights with a dimmer switch.Not only will you yourself enjoy the increased flexibility offered by good dimmers, the expenditure will pay off in terms of a little added market value if you ever sell your home. Copper is by far the most attractive building material for thieves, so exercise care when installing copper pipe and wiring. Whenever possible these installations should not be done until the house, ideally the entire property, can be protected by lock and key.If an addition is not registered, your insurance company could refuse to give you full insurance. A creative way to improve your home is to put paintings up in each room. You can choose several smaller paintings or one or two large ones for each room. This will give each room its own unique feel and provide a feeling of comfort. Paintings, being relatively cheap, also will not hurt your wallet too much.When doing any major home improvement project do not forget the front door. The front door is the focal point of the house and the place where a guest will wait after ringing the bell. The front door and entry are what welcomes them, so spruce them up during your home improvement project. Before the rainy autumn months and snowy winter ones, patch any spots in your roof that may become problematic.