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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

  • Video: Gutter Tips & Tricks Videos

    Video: Gutter Tips & Tricks

    What do you know about gutters? Unless there's an issue, many homeowners don't give them a second thought. However, as an important feature of your exterior, it's time to brush up on a few gutter facts.

    May 23, 2019
  • Video: Top Pool Tasks Videos

    Video: Top Pool Tasks

    Summer is here and I'm sure you can't wait to take that first swim in your backyard pool. However, to keep it in great condition and, not to mention safe for all to swim, there are a few tasks that must be completed first.

    May 16, 2019
  • Energy-Efficient Appliances For Your Kitchen Kitchen

    Energy-Efficient Appliances For Your Kitchen

    When you’re considering replacing appliances, one of the first things that come to mind is energy-savings. Having eco-friendly appliances is just as important as the look and function. Not only can it help you reduce your carbon footprint, but changing your kitchen appliances to a more eco-friendly model can help you reduce energy bills.

    May 13, 2019
  • Chicago Home Improvement Costs City Guides

    Chicago Home Improvement Costs

    Whether you’ve just moved to the Chicago area, or you’re planning to remodel your single-family bungalow, it’s all going to start with the costs of your project. Take a look at some projects that Chicagoans are doing in your area.

    Apr 21, 2019
  • Video: Coffee Table Ideas Videos

    Video: Coffee Table Ideas

    Coffee tables are often the focal point of your living room arrangement. They help to create a space for you to add a little extra decor to your room. But, not every coffee table style is created equal. Watch the video now.

    Apr 18, 2019
  • The Colors Of Spring Interior Design & Decorating

    The Colors Of Spring

    Each season, different shades of color can show off the season. Deep reds and oranges are typically found in the fall, while light pastels are generally considered spring colors. However, when thinking about color psychology, these hues become so much more than seasonal trends.

    Apr 17, 2019
  • Video: Spring Home Projects Videos

    Video: Spring Home Projects

    Spring is here and you know what that means, it's time to tackle those home improvement projects you may have been putting off all winter. It might feel a little overwhelming at first, but don't worry, we're here to help.

    Apr 11, 2019
  • Infographic: Avoid DIY Mistakes DIY

    Infographic: Avoid DIY Mistakes

    I'm sure you've seen enough home improvement shows to know that even the best thought out plans can sometimes end in disaster. You can research, budget and prepare but sometimes the unexpected can and will happen.

    Apr 8, 2019
  • Video: Gutter Cleaning Tips Videos

    Video: Gutter Cleaning Tips

    Gutter cleaning doesn't have to be difficult. See these tips from our friends at Leaf Filter Gutter Protection and get the job done

    Apr 4, 2019
  • Top 5 Kitchen Appliances You Must Have Kitchen

    Top 5 Kitchen Appliances You Must Have

    Your kitchen is a space that should look great and be functional too. That’s why your kitchen appliances are so important. However, when you’re looking for the best appliances there are so many options to choose from. See a few of our favorites.

    Apr 3, 2019

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