Realtor.com launched a discussion site called House Talk a few months ago that has all manner of topics. Painting, both outside and inside. Wood paneled floors, walls and even ceilings. This post caught my eye since we are going into a dry period. California has had worse problems than Nebraska with droughts, so this writer put in a drought tolerant yard.
You might find some fun ideas for home improvements in House Talk. There is even a post about a Zombie-proof house!