Just Ask Jake: Can You Paint Over Existing Tile?

A Bathroom Remodel Question Schloegel Designer, Megan Bringman, AKBD Designer Megan Bringman Answers Whether Painting Over Existing Bathroom Tile is a Good Idea Dear Jake, Is painting bathroom tile a good solution for tile that is in good condition but not a desirable color? Patty Dear Patty, I have asked Megan Bringman, one of our award-winning on-staff designers, to answer your question.

Just Ask Jake: Preparing For a Remodel

How To Avoid Certain Surprises in a Kitchen or Bath Remodel

Jake Offers Tips For Home Remodeling
Dear Jake,

I am thinking about remodeling my kitchen and possibly my bath. What is the biggest "surprise" that customers experience when doing a kitchen remodel and how do I avoid them?


Dear B.,

Remodeling your kitchen or bath can sometimes be a big endeavor.

Just Ask Jake: Damp Basement Floor Woes

Cold, Damp Basement Floor Has This Homeowner Perplexed

Jake Answers How To Deal With Concrete Slab Basement
Dear Jake,

What is the best flooring for a cold, damp basement? There is existing carpet over a concrete slab. Any advice is appreciated.



Dear Homeowner,

If I had a cold, damp basement I may be hesitant to spend very much money trying to make it livable.

Just Ask Jake: A Question About Water Stains

Are Water Spots on Kitchen Ceiling a Sign of a Leaky Toilet?
Our Handyman Charlie Answers Some Tough Questions in This Special Just Ask Jake
Recently our General Manager of Schloegel Property Solutions and all-around Handyman Extraordinaire, Charlie Schloegel, answered some questions regarding water stains from a possible leaky toilet in this very special installment of "Just Ask Jake".

Hi Charlie!

I wanted to touch base on a home repair question.

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Electricity Bill Nightmare
Four Season Room Creates Huge Winter Electric Bill for This Homeowner

Hi Jake...I have a four season room that is elevated off my kitchen. I have an LG system that acts as an air conditioner and heater. It does a nice job with both but my electricity  bills are outrageous.

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Can I use Tyvack under the Styrofoam or leave the selvage?


I am preparing to reside in an older house. Built around the mid 20's it has oak planking as original sheathing. Then 15lb felt and something similar to selvage in a pattern to look like brick siding. Can I leave the selvage and go with either fan Styrofoam type 3/16 insulation before the vinyl or can I use Tyvack under the Styrofoam?

Thank you, William


I don’t know why you couldn’t use a insulation board then cover it with Tyvek.