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The umbrella term, "home improvement," is used to describe a vast range of topics, including plumbing, carpentry, gardening, and electrical work.

Are there any synonyms to "home improvement" that have a similar meaning?

For context, I am looking for a word to describe the activities commonly associated with the term, "home improvement," but does not carry the "home" or "house" label. The reason I say this is because for most projects that fall under "home improvement," there is no inherent quality that indicates that they are necessarily related to improving a home.

In other words, I'm looking for an umbrella term that describes physical tasks that one might assume fall under "the trades" or that are completed by a "contractor."

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    It might help to know why the term “home improvement” doesn’t work for you. – Jim Jan 24 '17 at 4:00
  • I am just trying to find if it has any synonyms, as I can't think of any. – Kyle Jan 24 '17 at 4:14
  • I don't think of gardening when I hear home improvement. And I'm not sure what you mean by gardening. Do you include things like building a retaining wall? If so, then I'd say landscaping and home improvement. – ab2 Jan 24 '17 at 4:20
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    It's not my judgement; I found gardening in the definition of "home improvement." Cambridge, Wikipedia – Kyle Jan 24 '17 at 4:26
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    As a matter of fact, Gardening is indeed a department of home improvement. A practical example could easily be viewed on NZ's largest home improvement chain mitre10.co.nz – Vikrant Jan 24 '17 at 6:10
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Beautification of one's living space.

I got this idea because I did an internship at Apple, and everyone was given a little budget for "cubicle beautification."

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