Home Improvement for the Homeless?

Although we haven't moved to our own place yet and are just shacking up with my mother in the meantime, I'm already thinking of some home improvement projects, both for mom's place but more so for my future dream place. It may seem silly, but then there's actually a big advantage to not having your own place at the beginning, and that is you can see what works and what doesn't work in the household. Then when I have my own place, I can put whatever I want and implement whatever policies I want in my own household, with my husband's consent, that is.