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 Older Articles

  • 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
  • ImproveNet Monthly Roundup: March 2019 Potpourri

    ImproveNet Monthly Roundup: March 2019

    March is here and that means hopefully a little bit of springtime weather for you to enjoy. It’s about that time of year when you start thinking of all the outdoor projects to complete while the weather is nice. I’m here to help if you’ve missed a few articles this month. Check out our top posts and see if there are any tips you can use this spring.

    Mar 31, 2019
  • Video: Essential Oil Tips Videos

    Video: Essential Oil Tips

    Essential oils can help bring a spa-like atmosphere to any home. Take a look at the video below for my top three tips on how to use essential oils throughout your home.

    Mar 28, 2019
  • Video: Common Gutter Problems Videos

    Video: Common Gutter Problems

    Gutters are a staple of the home. In fact, they protect your roof and structure from water damage, that can be costly. But if there's a problem, do you know how to find the source?

    Mar 21, 2019
  • How To Start Composting (Infographic) Landscaping

    How To Start Composting (Infographic)

    If you’re new to gardening, you might have heard of composting before, but maybe don’t know where to start. See this helpful infographic for more tips on how you can start composting.

    Mar 20, 2019
  • City Guide: Chicago Events City Guides

    City Guide: Chicago Events

    While you might know about the bigger summertime events, like Taste Of Chicago, there are events that happen all year-round that make every season a great time to be a Chicagoan.

    Mar 18, 2019
  • Top 10 Bathroom Sinks Bathroom

    Top 10 Bathroom Sinks

    You don’t need a full bathroom remodel to be thinking about a new bathroom sink. It’s an update that I’m sure any outdated bathroom can benefit from a beautiful new sink, especially if the one you have now is in a hue popular in the 1960s. (I’m looking at you mint green and pastel pink!)

    Mar 13, 2019

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