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

  • October Home Maintenance Checklist Home Maintenance

    October Home Maintenance Checklist

    When you think of October, what comes to mind? Maybe the crunch of fall leaves beneath your feet or getting costumes together for Halloween. Before you start the fun, get these home maintenance tasks done.

    Oct 1, 2020
  • The Difference Between LED And Regular Lights Electrical & Lighting

    The Difference Between LED And Regular Lights

    Whether you're lighting an interior space or adding illumination to the exterior of your home, you have a choice between LED and incandescent lights. If you're wondering, "What is the difference between LED lights and regular lights?" here is a basic guide to LED lighting so you can choose the right kind for your space.

    Sep 21, 2020
  • Above-Ground Pool Care Swimming Pools & Spas

    Above-Ground Pool Care

    Above-ground pools come in all shapes and sizes and range from affordable to luxury. Discover everything you need to know about daily, weekly, and monthly above-ground pool maintenance.

    Sep 16, 2020
  • Choosing The Right Paint Finish Painting

    Choosing The Right Paint Finish

    This guide looks at different types of paint finish, including flat, matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. A successful home painting project depends on choosing the right sheen for a room so that your kitchen, hallway, bathroom, or bedroom looks great for years to come.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • How To Landscape With Stones Landscaping

    How To Landscape With Stones

    Embellish your front and back yards with decorative landscaping rocks to add an extra dimension of natural beauty. Find everything you need, from inspiration to price lists and contractors, at ImproveNet.

    Sep 10, 2020
  • 2020 Landscaping Trends Landscaping

    2020 Landscaping Trends

    The hottest of 2020's landscaping trends are undoubtedly incorporating rocks into your outdoor designs. Combine this with water features and you've got most people's idea of a true backyard oasis. It's not all about rocks, though, with the rise of the staycation and lots of people sheltering, it's more crucial than ever that your yard brings you peace and joy.

    Sep 3, 2020
  • Enjoying Summer At Home Potpourri

    Enjoying Summer At Home

    Enjoy summer activities at home whether you're living solo or spending the season with a houseful of kids. From backyard gardening to indoor crafts, there are plenty of fun ways to spend your summer months.

    Sep 1, 2020
  • Home Improvement Resolutions To Make In 2020 Potpourri

    Home Improvement Resolutions To Make In 2020

    Every year, people start to make resolutions to hopefully change their habits or achieve a goal to better themselves. But, how often do you sit down and make home improvement resolutions? Here are a few ideas to get you started and some steps you can take to reach your new year’s goals.

    Aug 26, 2020

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