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

  • 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.

    Oct 7, 2019
  • Open Concept Kitchen Ideas Kitchen

    Open Concept Kitchen Ideas

    Spend an hour watching HGTV and you are bound to hear two words, “open concept.” Rooms with open concept floor plans are all the rage because they offer more space, better functionality, and a more pleasing design. But how? I'm here to help answer your burning questions about open concept kitchens and more.

    Sep 30, 2019
  • What Pests To Be Aware of in Fall Pest Removal

    What Pests To Be Aware of in Fall

    The fall season is quickly approaching meaning cool weather, warm colors, and cozy sweaters, but it can also mean new pests. As the crisp breeze hits your face, pests may make your home their home in preparation for the cooler weather.

    Sep 10, 2019
  • Budget-Friendly Backyard Ideas Landscaping

    Budget-Friendly Backyard Ideas

    Keeping a nice yard maintained can be a year-long project— and a costly one at that. Luckily, we are here to offer some of our best tips, tricks, and DIY backyard ideas on a budget.

    Aug 26, 2019
  • Home Painting Projects To Complete In Summer Painting

    Home Painting Projects To Complete In Summer

    With long days and great weather, there’s no better time to cross off items on your home improvement to-do list than the summer. And for many, painting will be at the top of that list. So whether you’re looking to spruce up your mailbox or give your home interiors a fresh coat, check out these summer painting ideas and advice.

    Aug 19, 2019
  • Trend Alert: Black Matte Countertops Kitchen

    Trend Alert: Black Matte Countertops

    Luxury kitchens have long been a status symbol when it comes to home decor. While this typically meant traditional shiny marble or granite countertops, there’s a new trend in the luxury kitchen sphere: black matte countertops.

    Aug 12, 2019
  • Video: Your First Home Episode 6 Videos

    Video: Your First Home Episode 6

    If you've been wondering about the ROI on a basement remodel or how to manage your kitchen storage, you've come to the right place. Watch the video below to see how you can improve your new home.

    Aug 6, 2019
  • Amazing Nursery Ideas & Trends Windows & Doors

    Amazing Nursery Ideas & Trends

    Many of the trends and themes this year make transforming a room into a simple baby nursery. And, most of the designs and effects can be done in a small scale and at a lower price point to keep down costs, but of course, they can also be done to the hilt depending on your budget.

    Aug 4, 2019
  • Video: Your First Home Episode 5 Videos

    Video: Your First Home Episode 5

    For many new homeowners, it's likely the first time they are dealing with issues like landscaping, curb appeal and other areas of home exterior upkeep. In this episode, we'll be focusing outside of the home, because it's just as important as the inside. ImproveNet's home experts, Chelsea and Ron, will tackle your toughest home exterior questions in this episode of Your First Home.

    Jul 18, 2019
  • What First-Time Homeowners Must Know About Their Gutters Roofing & Gutters

    What First-Time Homeowners Must Know About Their Gutters

    If you recently bought your first house, you’re likely learning a new responsibility or two that comes with homeownership. One chore that can often be overlooked is routine gutter maintenance. Even though it might not seem like a priority, gutter maintenance is an important step in avoiding costly home repairs down the line.

    Jul 8, 2019
  • Best Smoke Detectors For Your Home Home Maintenance

    Best Smoke Detectors For Your Home

    There are many smoke detectors on the market, but how do you know what’s best for your home? Here are a few of ImproveNet’s top choices, that will work in almost any home to keep you safe.

    Jul 1, 2019

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