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James Young

A multi-skilled U.S. Army veteran who received two Army Achievement Medals, this licensed electrician is hardcore when it comes to home improvement.
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About the show

Love your house without the kitchen? Join the club. DIY Network's I Hate My Kitchen series gives homeowners hope with economical yet clever kitchen design ideas using amazing new products and cool tools. Forget about it costing a huge chunk of an annual salary to renovate your kitchen. I Hate My Kitchen tears up real homeowners' lives and their kitchens, showcasing along the way impactful alternatives that don't require loans, demolition or divorce.
Season 2, Episode 4

Spacious Mess

A year and a half ago, Sara and Derek Wallen bought their first home. The 1975 ranch was in a great neighborhood and had a big backyard. Since moving in, they've updated the whole house, except one room. Now, with the help of contractor James Young, it's time to take on the kitchen. They have plenty of space to work with, but it's dated and not very efficient. With James's help they'll turn it into a cozy and functional kitchen.

Wednesday
Mar 11
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 2, Episode 6

Down to the Studs

Eight years ago, Dakota and Luke Chalich bought a 1976 split-level on a huge wooded lot. They loved the location, but the house was a real fixer-upper. Fortunately, Dakota and Luke are pretty handy, so they started work on the place right away. Now they've renovated everything but one room--the kitchen. It needs a total overhaul, so they've brought in contractor James Young to transform the dated room into a modern, open space.

Wednesday
Mar 11
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 8

Budget-Friendly Redo

Police officer Dan and his girlfriend Janelle are more than ready to update their kitchen, but they want to keep the budget under $12,000. James is ready for the challenge, and he suggests the couple supplement their existing cabinetry with a few new stock cabinets for extra storage. And for a quick style fix, James wants to update the cabinet doors with resin panels and a new coat of stain. Plus, they'll reuse some of their hardwood floor and pair it with an updated tile that's groutless and easy to install. But this project has a few splurges as well, including a circular sink, a custom glass backsplash and a trendy wall-hung fireplace that will add some heat to this cool design. James also shows Dan how to save a bunch of money by using laminate countertops. And to top things off, James has an inexpensive lighting solution that this couple will love.

Wednesday
Mar 11
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 2, Episode 10

Historical Sophistication

HunWen and Nick Westman looked long and hard to find just the right house - a six-bedroom masterpiece built in the 1900s. From gorgeous woodwork to beveled glass, the house was nearly perfect, except for one major flaw - the 1980s kitchen. The floors are chipping, the cabinets are falling apart and the layout is just plain awkward. Worst of all - it's in the wrong decade! But with James's help, these homeowners will mix high-tech products with old-world charm to create one timeless space.

Wednesday
Mar 11
12pm | 11c
Season 3, Episode 6

Arts and Crafts with a Twist

Amber and Eric Cameron scored big when they landed a spacious foreclosure in the burbs. The only flaw - the last owners ripped up everything in the middle of the night...right down to the kitchen sink. In order to qualify for a mortgage, they had to come up with a makeshift kitchen - and fast. They threw together random 'free' items, and have themselves a very unattractive, makeshift space. The cabinets are barely attached, they're using an old lab table as their island, and the leaky sink reeks of food. But with the help of contractor James Young, they'll start from scratch and build an arts and crafts masterpiece bursting with color and personal flair.

Wednesday
Mar 11
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 3, Episode 5

Cramped Quarters

Mike and Becca Ahern have a problem: a growing family and cramped quarters. Their 1960s-style kitchen suffers from corners that make cooking a struggle and hanging cabinets that are more like a wall! Now, with their first child on the way, it's time for Becca and Mike to break on through - with a full kitchen remodel. We'll rearrange the floorplan, open the kitchen into the dining room, and bring in all new appliances. The goal: a family kitchen with classic contemporary style. And we'll do it for under $30,000.

Wednesday
Mar 11
1pm | 12c
Season 5, Episode 3

A Roommate Renovation

When a financial planning assistant, Shelly bought her 1950's fixer-upper, she was certain it would be a good long-term investment. She's tackled many updates herself, and practically doubled the livable space, but the kitchen remains a sore spot for Shelly and her 3 roommates. With a limited budget, licensed contractor James Young shows them how to get the most bang for Shelly's buck. By reusing the existing cabinetry, coming up with creative storage solutions, and adding stylish, budget-friendly features, James helps them to get a chic, functional kitchen without breaking the bank.

Friday
Aug 14
8am | 7c
Season 7, Episode 3

Kitchen in a Box

When Janet bought her contemporary home, lake living was her top priority. Unfortunately, her amazing house came equipped with a tiny kitchen tucked back in a corner that obscures any sight of the lake! License contractor James Young knows priority number one is removing the walls to completely open up the space. They'll add a blend of rustic contemporary style with materials ranging from reclaimed barn wood to more modern metal and concrete. Other plans for the kitchen include all new base cabinets combined with open shelving, a large contemporary mural, and a river rock epoxy floor.

Friday
Aug 28
8am | 7c
Season 6, Episode 4

Modern Condo on a Budget

Reuben and Camille bought their condo for it's convenient, urban location, but the drab kitchen is a serious sore spot. It's completely drab and filled with builder-grade materials from top to bottom. With a budget of just $20,000 James Young helps them spice things up without breaking the bank. On tap are new cabinet doors, a 3-D stainless steel backsplash, and concrete countertops with embedded fiber optic lighting.

Friday
Sep 11
8am | 7c
Season 5, Episode 5

Earthy Sophistication

Jeff and Sonia's 80's kitchen is definitely the problem child in their house. It's got plenty and space, but zero style. James Young helps them update it with modern, flat-front cabinets, stone counters, and poured epoxy resin floors. Convenient extras like a built-in coffeemaker help turn their kitchen into an earthy, sophisticated space.

Friday
Sep 25
8am | 7c
Season 6, Episode 6

European Sophistication

When Blake and Alison found their spacious home 4 years ago they knew it was perfect for their growing family. They've done a ton of work on it, but saved the worst for last their colorful and completely outdated kitchen. The plan for the new space includes saving the old cabinet boxes and extending them to the ceiling. They'll be made cohesive with a coat of paint and new doors. A brick backsplash and stone veneer focal wall will help add rustic charm to the sophisticated space.

Friday
Sep 25
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 5

Improving the Flow

New parents, Anthony and Emily, purchased their century-old home a year ago. They cleaned up the former rental property by renovating the bathroom and remodeling the third floor but their dysfunctional kitchen remains. The space is a cramped crowded mess of a kitchen. With the help of licensed contractor James Young and the I Hate My Kitchen crew, this family is going to give their kitchen a fresh start-full of style, flow and function.

Sunday
Oct 18
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 6, Episode 4

Modern Condo on a Budget

Reuben and Camille bought their condo for it's convenient, urban location, but the drab kitchen is a serious sore spot. It's completely drab and filled with builder-grade materials from top to bottom. With a budget of just $20,000 James Young helps them spice things up without breaking the bank. On tap are new cabinet doors, a 3-D stainless steel backsplash, and concrete countertops with embedded fiber optic lighting.

Friday
Oct 23
8am | 7c
Season 7, Episode 1

Confused Kitchen

Isaiah and Tanya love the location of their home, but they've had their hands full with repairs and updates over the 4 years they've owned it. One space they've yet to tackle ? the tiny kitchen with a strange laundry addition and a ceiling that's caving in. Licensed contractor James Young comes in to help them open up the space and make it a cohesive, efficient kitchen. Plans include all new cabinets and more counter space, and a center island addition. Plus, they'll add style to the kitchen with classic wainscoting and a bold graphic backsplash.

Friday
Jan 5
8am | 7c
Season 7, Episode 2

Kitchen Catastrophe

Chris & Maria have a family of five, but their poorly designed kitchen only allows 4 of them to sit together at mealtime, plus their stove partially blocks a doorway and creates a fire hazard. Licensed contractor James Young comes up with a plan to remedy their problems by reconfiguring the layout to allow safe passage throughout. The updated space will include new cabinetry, heated tile floors, a contemporary tile backsplash, and an expanded dining area to bring the whole family together.

Friday
Jan 12
8am | 7c
Season 7, Episode 3

Kitchen in a Box

When Janet bought her contemporary home, lake living was her top priority. Unfortunately, her amazing house came equipped with a tiny kitchen tucked back in a corner that obscures any sight of the lake! License contractor James Young knows priority number one is removing the walls to completely open up the space. They'll add a blend of rustic contemporary style with materials ranging from reclaimed barn wood to more modern metal and concrete. Other plans for the kitchen include all new base cabinets combined with open shelving, a large contemporary mural, and a river rock epoxy floor.

Friday
Jan 19
8am | 7c
Season 7, Episode 4

Kid-friendly Kitchen

Ben and Tara have 4 growing children and a kitchen that's a hot spot for use and abuse. An awkward peninsula makes it hard to move about, and the bland, outdated style doesn't exactly match this fun family's tastes. They're stuck on how to best fix their problems, and that's where licensed contractor James Young comes in. Plans for the new space include replacing the peninsula with center island, adding additional and more functional storage, plus upgrading everything using more durable, stylish materials.

Friday
Jan 26
8am | 7c

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