Home Decorations – Kenne Bunk Community Garden http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org Amazing Ideas to Decorate Your Dream Home & Garden Wed, 07 Jun 2017 13:53:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 The Perfect Outdoor Wardrobe http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/topic/the-perfect-outdoor-wardrobe/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 04:35:28 +0000 http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/?p=135446 Gardening is not a job that you want to do in your Sunday best. Although being in the dirt can be very therapeutic it comes at a price and many times the price is your clothing. So it’s safe to say that when you’re getting dressed for a day of gardening you want your clothing to be practical and comfy.

When it comes to shirts you’ll want to be cool and comfy but keep in mind that you’ll likely be out in the sun. Although cute tank tops may keep your underarms drier you might want to think about keeping those shoulders covered and protected from the sun. Look for cool light t-shirts that are cotton. Cotton will be comfortable, breathe well, and is usually very washable.

For your feet you’ll want something waterproof but depending on what kind of gardening you are doing you may want to keep your toes covered. Flip flops are great for getting wet because they are usually mostly made of rubber and won’t be ruined by sun and water but if you’re worried about keeping your toes clean then you’ll want to consider canvas shoes. These will be comfortable but will usually dry pretty well if they get wet.

A few accessories to keep in mind that may be helpful are a good pair of sunglasses and maybe a hat or two to keep on hand. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun as well as flying dust and dirt and a hat will keep dirt out of your hair as well as provide extra protection from the sun.

Those who love to be outdoors need the perfect wardrobe to fit their lifestyle. You won’t find any suits or dry clean only clothing in the garden but instead you want comfort, a relaxed style, and you want it all at a great price! You can find all that and more when you shop at Pac Sun! Check out the deals available at https://www.groupon.com/coupons/stores/pacsun.com to find a great wardrobe at awesome prices!Whether you’re headed to the beach or to the backyard you can find something that fits your needs for the day. From flip flops to flats or tank tops to t-shirts come shop at Pac Sun now and get the perfect outdoor wardrobe.

Tips for Designing an Outdoor Dining Arrangement http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/topic/tips-for-designing-an-outdoor-dining-arrangement/ Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:21:27 +0000 http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/?p=134558 There is nothing quite as pleasant as enjoying a meal outside, surrounded by friends and family. There are several times during the year, when the temperature is perfect for staying outside. If you are lucky enough to experience this, you should take full advantage of your situation. You can do this by setting up a dining area outside. While it may seem like a daunting task, nothing could be further from the truth. With a few carefully choreographed pieces and some decorating flair, you will be able to create a beautiful and comfortable dining area. Here are some suggestions to help you along:

Start with the Furniture

As you can imagine, the most important part of this space are the dining tables and chairs. As you are looking to create a more permanent setting, you should avoid using plastic picnic tables and chairs. These do not look very nice and are certainly not pleasant to use. Instead, decide from a wide selection of designer outdoor furniture Sydney. Remember, you are making an investment with these pieces so there is no harm on splurging a little. This way, you will be able to ensure that you are getting the highest possible quality. Not to mention, you will also have beautifully crafted options to choose from. All you need to do is to make sure that the pieces are constructed from the appropriate materials, making them weatherproof.

Use Covering

When you are setting up a spot outside, you will need to be prepared for all types of weather. This includes extreme heat or rain. This makes some form of covering necessary for this area. Unless the dining area is situated right under an awning, you are going to need to provide additional coverage. This can easily be taken care of with a large umbrella, canopies, or even large triangular shaped sails. If possible, you can even set up the tables and chairs under a group of large trees. This may not protect you from the rain but will certainly offer up enough of shade.

Have Plenty of Lighting

Evening time is the most pleasant part of the day to have a meal outside. Therefore, it is quite likely that this is when you use this area the most. Keeping that in mind, you will need to have lots of lighting options illuminating the space. It is particularly important to have it up the pathway leading to the dining area as well as above the dining table itself. This way, people will be safe as they make the trek from the house and will be able to see what they are eating. You can opt to string up fairy lights for a magical setting. If you would like something a little more powerful, electric tiki torches work just as well.

Allow for Flexibility

If you tend to entertain a lot of host parties, you can be sure that the dining area will not only be used for meals. It will probably be dismantled quite often. You will need to factor this in when you are choosing the furniture as well as the overall design layout. You will then easily be able to convert this outdoor garden area into a party spot with the minimum amount of hassle.

As you can see, it really does not require a great deal of effort. With some planning and research, you will be able to create a wonderful space for you, your family, and friends.

3 Tips for Making Your Home Feel Like a Spa http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/topic/3-tips-for-making-your-home-feel-like-a-spa/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:49:18 +0000 http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/?p=132866 Homes are the place where you spend the majority of your time when you’re not at work. Home is where the people you love are, it’s where you’re stuff is, it’s where you make memories that will last a lifetime, it’s where you raise a family, and it’s where you get the much-needed rest and recovery to be able and attack the next work week with the kind of focus and drive that you need.

Some people are great at making their home a sanctuary that they can escape into and emerge from feeling rejuvenated and refreshed, but for others, the home actually does the opposite because of lifestyle dynamics. Whatever camp you fit into, it’s clear that you need to tools to be able to make your home feel like a spa so that you can feel relaxed and happy upon coming home. Here are some simple ways you can do just that:

Set the Atmosphere

If you can’t dedicate your whole house and transform it into a spa, at least try to focus on one room that you can decorate so that you have a place to slip away and relax. The trick is in setting the atmosphere. You might not be able to get a cool pedicure spa chair, but you can place things in your space to set the ambiance and make it an atmosphere that will leave you feeling great and like you’re laying on some beach somewhere without a care in the world.

Maybe it’s a bathroom, and maybe it’s a bedroom, but whatever room it is, get some candles, get some essential oils burning in a diffuser. Think about getting a humidifier and a put on some relaxing sounds that make you feel like you’re out in nature. You might live in the middle of a city, but that doesn’t mean your house can’t feel like a spa.

Stock Up On the Grooming Products

One of the perks of a spa is that you get to pamper yourself. Mud Masks, facials, massages, oil treatments, etc. If you want to transform your house to the point where it feels like a spa, don’t be afraid to splurge a bit on the grooming products. Build shelves to hold all of your beauty products, and even consider bringing in professionals in-home to entreat you to a massage or another service.

Embrace the Right Color Scheme

There is a psychology behind colors, so when you’re decorating your house, you’ll want to pay attention to color and how they make you feel. Reds, while warm, are often a bit agitating. Blues and greens are relaxing and calming. Look into the palate you want to be based on the emotions you’d like to feel when you’re home, and you’ll be that much closer to having a home that feels and looks like a spa.

6 Steps to Protect Your Hands in Winter Home Projects http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/topic/6-steps-to-protect-your-hands-in-winter-home-projects/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:08:26 +0000 http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/?p=132686 Home improvement work or gardening tasks don’t come to a complete stop in the winter. While you may need to adjust some items on your to-do list, you’ll also want to keep the momentum and finish your projects. One personal area that will need extra attention this winter is your hands. Cold and dry weather can wreck your skin, and constant physical work can cause chronic physical problems. Here are six steps to protect your hands during the cold season.

  1. Stretch your hands, wrists, and arms. When doing repetitive tasks, such as painting, gardening, hammering and similar tasks, your muscles can become constricted and sore. Taking the time to stretch all related muscle groups will help lengthen the muscles, and keep hands pain free and flexible.
  2. Wash and sanitize. Your to-do list probably includes some messy, dirty tasks, so be sure to wash your hands frequently. While there have been recent questions about the safety and use of sanitizers, the key is making sure you’re washing your hands for at least 30 seconds to get rid of any lingering bacteria. In the winter, use warm water, rather than hot water, which can further dry your skin.
  3. Apply a soothing, moisturizing hand lotion. After drying your hands, protect the skin with lotions that soothe and nourish. Look for products without alcohol, which can strip natural skin oils. Use products with healing properties, such as coconut or other natural oils.
  4. Wear layers. Winter layering applies to your hands just like your winter wardrobe. First, wear cotton gloves, which helps your hands stay warm and helps lotion to moisturize your skin. Next, wear protective rubber gloves to protect your hands from cuts or bruises. You don’t want to wear only rubber gloves, as they can create a breeding ground for bacteria, but you want to protect yourself against harsh environments or rough work materials.
  5. Get a manicure. This may seem like a frivolous step, but getting a professional manicure can keep your nails and skin healthy. Your salon pro can make sure your nails are cut properly to prevent breaking or splitting. You can also try a shellac manicure which lasts two weeks, regardless of how much you use your hands. Many salons offer hand massages and lotion for overall pampering. Search Groupon Coupons for discounts at your local nail salons.
  6. Rest. While resting too much won’t get your home project or gardening work finished, you need to take regular breaks to make sure you aren’t hurting your hands over the long term. Over exertion and repetitive tasks can set your muscles up for chronic conditions, like carpal tunnel syndrome. Set a clock to take breaks, if you must, but treat resting an important part of your hand care routine this winter.
What Every Bedroom Needs http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/topic/what-every-bedroom-needs/ Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:19:29 +0000 http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/?p=131067 Whether you’re going to sleep, watching television or snuggling down to read a good book, the bedroom has slowly become a new place to lounge and relax, alongside the living areas of the home. Your bedroom is a space that is designed specifically to you, suiting your needs and helping you to go about your daily routines with ease. How you design your bedroom will have an overall impact on you and your daily life, as there’s nothing better than finishing a hard day’s work to go home and know you have a beautiful, relaxing bedroom ready to welcome you and help you settle down and relax. Here are a few things that every bedroom needs in order to be the inviting sanctuary you want it to be.

A Suitable Colour Scheme

The colour scheme that you choose for your bedroom will create a certain atmosphere, therefore choosing a suitable scheme for you is important. Neutral colours such as beige, cream and brown create a calm, relaxing atmosphere. You can then have colours such as red, purple and green which create a more uplifting, vibrant atmosphere. Your bedroom’s colour scheme will need to reflect you as a person and enable you to relax and unwind. If you feel that the colour scheme you have chosen is quite simple, you can always inject additional colour and character into your bedroom through furniture and accessories.

A Focal Point

Every room needs something to bring the room together and you usually find that the main focal point in the bedroom is the bed. Placing your bed in a position and space that works best for your bedroom’s size and layout will ensure your room feels complete and flows properly. Adding features such as a stunning headboard or two matching, chic bedside tables will emphasise your focal point and highlight the main part of your bedroom. You can then accessorise your bed with a stylish duvet and some pillows and cushions that create a welcoming, cosy feel.

Modern Features

Many homes owners today are introducing bold, modern features to their homes. This is a great way of updating the current interiors, as well as adding a considerable amount of value to the home overall. Introducing certain features such as sliding doors to lead into your wardrobe or en-suite, or a log burning stove will add a huge amount of character to your bedroom, as well as providing you with a luxurious, useful feature. Sliding doors are great for opening up spaces, especially when the room may be smaller or possibly lacking natural light. Adding sliding doors to your wardrobe or bathroom will enable you to fully open the rooms up and make the most of the space you have. You can also add sliding door locks to your doors, which is ideal when using the doors for bathrooms. There are so many different styles of sliding doors with a whole selection of sliding door handles, so you can always find the right style to suit your interiors. As for log burning stoves, there’s nothing cosier than snuggling up in your bed on a cold winters evening, with the crisp burning logs and the luscious scent of burning wood adding a beautiful, relaxing aroma to your bedroom. Whilst these features may be slightly pricey, they do in turn add value to your home, which will benefit hugely in the long term!

Personal Features

When you add certain features to your bedroom you tend to find that they reflect your personal style. Everything you invest in tells a story and highlights your personality. For example, investing in a stylish, chic lamp will emphasise the overall feel of your bedroom and add a glamorous touch, whereas placing a bold, bright piece of artwork will brighten your room and add a burst of character to the room. Then you have the other personal features such as photographs, rugs, books and so on. It’s important to surround yourself with items that you love and need, as these will be there whenever you need them and will add heaps of your personality to your interiors, making your bedroom the perfect space for you.

Your Home Improvement Checklist before Winter Weather Hits http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/topic/your-home-improvement-checklist-before-winter-weather-hits/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:19:54 +0000 http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/?p=130419 Even though it seems like summer was just here shining down on all of us, the drop in temperature around the country is the signal that winter is right around the corner. And for people that want to make sure all of their home improvement projects are completed on time, that means it’s time to bust out the checklist.

And the big five items that you need to take care of are going to be getting your landscaping done, sealing your windows and doors, organizing your winter holiday decorations, storing your warm weather tools and equipment, and doing a basic furnace tune-up if applicable.

Get Your Landscaping Done

Before freezing temperatures, snowfall, or just junky winter weather hits, you want to make sure you’ve taken care of your landscaping. It makes sense to have your final landscaping run-through done by a professional if you can afford it. One last person or company to trim the trees, edge the grass, sweep up and get rid of all the clippings and stick in the yard is a good idea.

Seal Your Windows and Doors

You’ve heard it a million times, and you’ll hear it a million more. One of the easiest home improvement projects to take on before weather changes is to seal your windows and doors. It will save you money, create a better controlled climate inside your home, and will also key you in on any other types of problems you might have with the entrances and exits of your home. In addition, it’s typically a quick, easy, and inexpensive fix. It just takes a little bit of time and knowledge to find out where those leaks may be.

Organize Your Winter Holiday Decorations

Chances are, your winter holiday decorations are stored in some boxes somewhere, perhaps in the garage or a shed somewhere. The best time to get these decorations organized is right around now. Bust out all of those boxes, get rid of things you don’t need, and make sure everything else works and is ready for you to put up. Organizing ahead of time will make holiday decorating way more fun when that time comes around.

Store Your Warm Weather Tools and Equipment

Also, before it becomes a chore to move things around in external storage areas, put your summer and fall tools and equipment away neatly. If you don’t have an “everything goes in its place” plan, then now is the time to make one. Personalize your storage to your exact needs, and save yourself some anxiety later. This is a super easy way to handle making home improvement later more efficient.

Do a Basic Furnace Tune-Up

If you live in a cold-weather zone, consider having a professional come and do a furnace tune-up. You don’t want to waste money on leaks or engines and motors that aren’t running at proper speeds. Home improvement is synonymous with climate improvement, and your furnace is a big part of this.

How to Add A Little Personal Flair to Your Home or Room http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/topic/how-to-add-a-little-personal-flair-to-your-home-or-room/ Sat, 17 Sep 2016 04:09:10 +0000 http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/?p=129594 Whether you have an entire home or apartment that you can decorate to your own specifications or you simply have one room in a shared house that you can make completely your own, there are some things that you can do to help you feel more comfortable and at home. Think beyond the normal trinkets and things that you use as home decor.

Anything can be turned into art and used to decorate your space. Here are some great ideas for turning everyday items into decorations for your room or home that will make your space just as unique as you are.

Add Some Buttons

Whether you have your own band or your own business, why not decorate your home with a little shameless self promotion. There are places where you can get great deals on things like buttons and stickers. If you own your own fridge, want to decorate your laundry facilities, or want some flair for your computer, stickers are a great way to add that look. You don’t have to just use your own, you can also collect them from other bands and businesses.

Buttons aren’t just for your clothing anymore. Consider decorating a curtain with some, or put some on lampshades. They will give your room a more pop-cultured look, and add some accent pieces that are sure to strike up conversations with guests.

Turn Clothes into Art

If you have old shirts or other clothing that doesn’t fit anymore but you just can’t seem to let it go, you can always use it to create some interesting art. Make a throw pillow or a couch potato blankets with scraps of clothing that you don’t plan to use.

If you have some concert or advertisement tshirts that don’t fit anymore you can cut the art off them, frame it, and hang it on your wall. You’ll have unique art that you aren’t likely to see anywhere else, and your space will have a feel of home to you because it is decorated with things that really do mean something to you.

Save Your Favorite Articles

Another creative way to come up with art for your walls is to save articles out of magazines and newspapers that touch you or catch your eye, then frame them to hang on your walls. If you get a lot of magazines in the mail you might also want to start clipping items from them that catch your fancy and turn them into collage art to hang on your walls.

Some people, if you own your place, have even gotten as creative to wallpaper their walls with such things. You want it to look unique though, rather than creepy. A wall full of magazines eyeballs could even creep out the most dedicated horror movie fan after awhile!

How to Use Custom Windows to Create a Mediterranean Design http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/topic/how-to-use-custom-windows-to-create-a-mediterranean-design/ Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:53:47 +0000 http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/?p=129210 Mediterranean design is based on the popular architecture found in the whole Mediterranean region which includes Spain and Italy, as well as Moorish and Byzantine countries. In recent years, Mediterranean design has been greatly influenced by traditional Native American style.

A typical Mediterranean-inspired house carries a highly structured vibe but still invokes a cozy and cool atmosphere that can be mostly seen in places with warm climates like in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California.

A Mediterranean exterior is easily identified with the use of bricks painted in cream and a contrasting color on the roof. The wooden framed windows can also be one of its outstanding features.

Asymmetrical floor design is typical in a Mediterranean-designed home. The floor plan is usually in the shape of a “U” or an “L”. The reason for this kind of floor plan is to allow the open breeze to flow through the entirety of the house.

The interior of a Mediterranean-inspired house uses any color palette, but the common colors include green (foliage), blue (ocean, and similar hues from nature.

Here are some more exterior elements of a Mediterranean-inspired home:

1. Ornamental iron work

Well-crafted iron works can be seen on stair railings, window grills, lanterns and gates.

2. Balcony

This is designed as an extra space where homeowners are able to enjoy the fresh air and the view.

3. Tower-like chimneys

A perfect example of function and style is the presence of a tower-like chimney that is artistically designed and includes moldings and small windows.

4. Terracotta roof tiles

To give an earthy, warm and rustic look, red clay roof tops are common in a Mediterranean-inspired home that is asymmetrical or multi-level. Terracotta perfectly complements the earthy hues of Mediterranean design.

5. Hand-painted tiles

This kind of tile represents the cultural influences of the Spanish.

6. White stucco exterior wall

A fresh layer of white paint over (roughly textured) stucco is applied on the exterior walls of the house.

7. Arches and curves

These elements break the rough edges of the whole house to make it more appealing. These arches may be seen on windows and doors.

8. Wooden doors and gates

These are often made with iron details and are made of thick, heavy wood.

9. Pathways, courtyard, and patio

Spanish lifestyle embraces outdoor living. Having a huge space allows homeowners to enjoy the outside environment. It naturally becomes an extension of their living room.

Designing Your Home

Most design experts recommend matching the design of your windows to the look of your door. Some of the best window design choices include the following:

  • Arched windows: This adds a very distinctive and impressive look. Just like window walls, this allows more light to come in which brightens the inside of the house and gives an airy feeling. The downside of using this kind of window is that it cannot be of help during the winter season, and not being able to open it may make the house feel warmer during summer.
  • Wrought iron grilled window: This kind of window is often used as a decorative piece and as a protective shield for the glass window. You can turn your ordinary windows into a Mediterranean style window just by adding wrought iron grill encased into the window.
  • Wooden window grille: You may replace your glass windows using this design element. However, this may make the inside of the room a bit dark since natural light could not pass through unless you open your windows wide enough to let the light in.

You may not have enough resources to build a Mediterranean-inspired home, but you can be playful and creative on how you can make your homes follow the design. By changing certain areas in the house and experimenting on color and pattern combinations, you may be able to pull off an impressive Mediterranean interior in your home.

Bringing the Outside In: Using Exterior Details For Inside Spaces http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/topic/bringing-the-outside-in-using-exterior-details-for-inside-spaces/ Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:55:26 +0000 http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/?p=128667 We’re always looking for ways to experience a little more of the great outdoors when trapped inside, but when asked for a solution, most people suggest houseplants or a skylight – not exactly innovative interior design. But what if we stretched our concept of exterior home styling to include everything your walls, such as external architectural details, patios, pools, or even concrete? By bringing together these diverse design features, we could create something truly unique.

Before you dive right in, though, make sure to take some time to think about how you’ll transition between the indoor and outdoor worlds. Large windows make spaces seem larger and introduce lots of natural light and offer a great connection, but don’t stop there. Here are some other ways to connect your home’s interior to its exterior and push the limits of how we talk about design.

Materials Matter

One great way to change the atmosphere of a traditional space, such as a kitchen, is to go rustic with your approach. Though you most typically see stone and concrete floors in patio areas, they’re also perfect for a rustic kitchen. Pair the flooring with exposed beams and high ceilings or an exposed brick wall to create a compelling entertaining space, and don’t worry if it feels a little industrial. Hard work happens in kitchens, so that embrace the tough edge.

Go Old School

Have you ever seen the outside of a Victorian home? Covered in beautiful trim with scalloped edges, these homes are classically beautiful. But why reserve all that charm for exteriors when you could introduce some into more formal areas of your home, such as the dining room or sitting area?

Instead of putting more traditional crown molding in your dining room or family area, consider adding Victorian-style trim – cut with a scroll saw, but perhaps scaled down some – to the tops of your walls. Another option is to add this type of trim overhanging the inside of a big bay window. Such intricate trim is the perfect way to accent your favorite rooms.

Beyond The Breakfast Nook

Breakfast nooks were very popular for a period of time because they were designed to create an intimate space for your leisurely mornings. Maybe you like to read the paper there over coffee or curl up with a book before leaving for work. No matter how you use it, though, it’s hard to deny that the breakfast nook has a lot in common with the outdoor cafe.

Capitalize on the similar uses of these two spaces to add some levity to an underused area of your home. All you need to do is place a small cafe-style table in a bright, but calm area in your home – bonus points if it’s naturally lit. Though the furniture may seem out of place at first, you’ll find yourself retiring there often just to enjoy a quiet moment to yourself.

When it comes to interior design, throw the rulebook away and create a space you love. Just because an item is in the patio section (or anywhere else), that doesn’t mean you have to put it there when you bring it home.

Improving Your Home and Your Environment Simultaneously http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/topic/improving-your-home-and-your-environment-simultaneously/ Wed, 07 Sep 2016 21:31:29 +0000 http://www.kennebunkcommunitygarden.org/?p=128454 Some people think that it’s a mutually exclusive process to try to improve your home or to be more environmentally sustainable. In fact, this is not the case at all! Sometimes it takes a little bit of creative thinking and systems logic, but it’s a completely functional goal to make your home a better place while simultaneously doing things like reducing your overall carbon footprint.

Five ways that you can do this include by saving water by installing new plumbing, saving money and installing renewable energy equipment (like solar panels), using less power by improving your equipment and appliances, planting gardens instead of lawns, and in general making better use of items that you already have.

Save Water With New Plumbing

There are times that you can save a lot of water simply by getting new plumbing or plumbing fixtures in place. A classic example of this would be to install a low-flush toilet, or one of the new ones that has options for a full flush or half of a flush. Simple, economic, improvement-based, and environmental, all in one.

Save Money With Renewable Energy

By installing solar panels, you’re drastically improving your bottom line as far as energy use from the grid is concerned, as well as making the value of your home go up. Especially if you live in sunny areas where environmentalism is also appreciated, you can almost immediately expect positive reinforcement from this kind of a decision from your community. In addition to solar energy, some people have chose to try to incorporate geothermal energy into the mix as well.

Use Less Power With Better Equipment

Sometimes home improvement comes from things like better appliances as well. In the last several years, if you chose to buy energy efficient appliances, not only do you get the best that new technology has to offer, you’re also going to be spending less on your energy bill, creating a smaller carbon footprint, and potentially even getting tax breaks from the government.

Plant Gardens Instead of Lawns

A huge choice in the future is going to be putting in gardens instead of lawns. Not only do you get food out of the deal, but you also learn about local farming techniques and can improve the aesthetics of your yard with some proper landscaping. Plusses all around!

Create Multiple Uses for General Items

If you have single items with multiple purposes, that counts as home improvement and environment improvement as well. In addition, you’ll save money by not having to buy single-use items. A classic example of this would be a ductless heat pump that heats and cools your home instead of a furnace and air conditioning.