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

  • Video: 2019 Pantone Color Of The Year Videos

    Video: 2019 Pantone Color Of The Year

    Every year, Pantone releases its color of the year. Often, you'll see this color trending in fashion, makeup and home decor. For 2019, Pantone chose the color "living coral," as it represents optimism and joyful pursuits, according to their website.

    Mar 7, 2019
  • Infographic: Home Improvement Projects & Mental Health General Expertise

    Infographic: Home Improvement Projects & Mental Health

    Have you ever started a DIY home project and left it for a few days, maybe months, until it was finished? While there is initial excitement when starting an upgrade or remodeling project, that can quickly go away when plans don't go accordingly or it's a bit more work than you've expected.

    Mar 6, 2019
  • Video: Top 5 Fence Materials Videos

    Video: Top 5 Fence Materials

    A new fence can make a huge difference in your curb appeal, even increasing the overall value of your home. However, the type of fence you choose can make a big difference.

    Feb 28, 2019
  • ImproveNet Monthly Roundup: February 2019 Potpourri

    ImproveNet Monthly Roundup: February 2019

    From ideas to improve your man cave to ways you can make your bathroom safe for all, we’ve covered a lot of topics this month. Here are a few you should take a look at from February 2019.

    Feb 25, 2019
  • Top 10 Kitchen Sinks Kitchen

    Top 10 Kitchen Sinks

    If you’re working on a kitchen remodel, or just need an update, a perfect kitchen sink can be just what you need. However, if you’ve already started looking around, there are many options available when it comes to your kitchen sink! Here are a few options.

    Feb 18, 2019
  • Video: Kitchen Remodeling Projects Videos

    Video: Kitchen Remodeling Projects

    Are you ready to get started on updating your kitchen? From a full remodel to individual projects, kitchen remodeling can add value to your home. With so many ways to make your kitchen look great, where should you start?

    Feb 14, 2019
  • Remodeling A Bathroom For Accessibility Bathroom

    Remodeling A Bathroom For Accessibility

    If you’re considering a remodel for accessibility, many homeowners tend to look at the bathroom first. Here are a few tips on how you can remodel your bathroom for accessibility.

    Feb 13, 2019
  • Video: Man Cave Ideas Videos

    Video: Man Cave Ideas

    How do you feel about man caves? Do you have one? See our editorial team's opinions in the latest video.

    Feb 7, 2019
  • Valentine’s Day Decorations For The Home Potpourri

    Valentine’s Day Decorations For The Home

    Valentines Day is just around the corner. With red and pink hues to fill up your home, I'm sure you’ll feel the love in no time! Celebrate this lovely holiday with a few Valentine’s Day decoration ideas.

    Feb 4, 2019
  • February Home Maintenance Checklist Home Maintenance

    February Home Maintenance Checklist

    Depending on where you live in the country, February can also mean that you are inside away from the cold weather. However, there’s plenty to do, as spring is just around the corner! Here is your February Home Maintenance Checklist.

    Feb 3, 2019

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