Helping you plan your home improvement project, from start to finish

Jaclyn Crawford

Occupation: Staff Writer

Excited to share my love of home design and décor with readers, I started with ImproveNet in 2016. As a staff writer at ImproveNet, I enjoy writing about the latest trends and ways you can make your home the loveliest it can be. You may also find me in the ImproveNet videos, sharing tips you may not know about local contractors. As a new homeowner, I am always interested in learning more. I’ve been lucky enough to interview experts like Megan Wild, editor of Your Wild Home, and Emily Hoefler, kitchen and bath specialist at Renovations Group Inc. These interviews and more don’t only provide inspiration for my stories, but also tips on how I can improve my 1920s bungalow. Living in an older Chicago home, it seems like there’s always something new to work on. In the last year, my husband and I have updated our staircase, redecorated and fixed the flooring on our enclosed porch, and called in a pro to help with a chimney repair. Needless to say, my house keeps me busy! My favorite topics to write about include kitchen and bathroom remodeling. I’m always looking for new ways to save homeowners money and space to make their rooms the best they can be. As someone who enjoys planning and understands how important that is to homeowners, I always want to know the costs of any major project upfront. I try to include the most accurate cost information with whatever I write, so you can budget best for your next home improvement project. I also enjoy talking about landscaping and gardening topics, as I love to grow flowers and herbs at home. Prior to ImproveNet, I was the Managing Editor at Forefront Magazine. I’ve also written for companies such as Enjoy Illinois, Like A Local and Krrb (Now Apartment Therapy). I graduated with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. When I’m not writing, I love crocheting, playing badminton and exploring Chicago with my dog Sundae.

Jaclyn's Recent Articles

  • 2018 Landscaping & Garden Trends Landscaping

    2018 Landscaping & Garden Trends

    Each year, landscaping trends change, so it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest in order to maintain the exterior of your home. If you’re wondering what’s hot this year, we have the answer.

    Mar 21, 2018
  • Carpet Ideas For Your Bedroom Flooring & Tiles

    Carpet Ideas For Your Bedroom

    When it comes to the bedroom, most homeowners are looking for luxury. Carpet is the perfect look and feel for this room. If you’re thinking about installing carpet in your bedroom, here are a few popular choices.

    Mar 19, 2018
  • Potpourri

    Puppy Proofing Your Home

    Puppies are a fun and loving addition to almost any family. But before bringing your new best friend home, you'll need to puppy proof. Here's how.

    Mar 15, 2018
  • Shrub Maintenance Tips Landscaping

    Shrub Maintenance Tips

    Shrubs are an extremely popular landscaping feature in many yards. If you’re wondering how to keep your shrubs healthy this season, we have the answer. Here are a few shrub maintenance tips.

    Mar 14, 2018
  • Make Your Shed A Backyard Focal Point Garages & Sheds

    Make Your Shed A Backyard Focal Point

    You can easily make your shed into a feature that pops in your backyard. From giving it a fresh new coat of paint to adding some wall art, you can give your shed a fresh look to make it the backyard focal point you’ve always wanted. Here’s how.

    Mar 12, 2018
  • How To Plant Succulents Outside Landscaping

    How To Plant Succulents Outside

    Succulents are the hot item to have both inside and outside. If you’re planning your garden this year, you’ll want to be sure to add a few succulents where you can. Here’s your guide on how to plant succulents outside.

    Mar 8, 2018
  • Rules To Follow For A Sustainable Home Home Maintenance

    Rules To Follow For A Sustainable Home

    If you’re new to home sustainability, you might not know where to start, especially since there are so many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. See a few rules to follow as you create a more sustainable home.

    Mar 8, 2018
  • March Home Maintenance Checklist Home Maintenance

    March Home Maintenance Checklist

    After a cold winter, it can be thrilling to see the temperatures climb just a bit higher. This might also get you thinking about your spring cleaning. Before you can do that, there are a few tasks you must take care of first. Here’s your March home maintenance checklist.

    Mar 8, 2018
  • Asphalt Driveway Maintenance Home Maintenance

    Asphalt Driveway Maintenance

    Asphalt driveways are a beautiful addition to any home. From sealing as needed to cleaning regularly, it’s important to have a routine when it comes to caring for your driveway. Here are a few ways you can maintain your asphalt driveway this year.

    Mar 8, 2018

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