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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 3, Episode 4

Layout Lamentations

Eight years ago Chris and Erin Farmer bought a 100-year-old craftsman bungalow. They love its classic style, but vintage charm can come with few challenges. The old and ugly kitchen is small, and its layout is lousy. Now, they're ready to renovate, but they aren't sure how to fix the awkward floor plan. Contractor James Young will help them turn their cramped space into a stylish open kitchen.

Wednesday
Mar 11
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 6, Episode 1

Hot & Spicy

When sisters Mary Jo & Anu bought their home, they thought they could deal with having a tiny kitchen. But after living with it for awhile, they can no longer tolerate the poorly laid out cramped quarters or the poorly functioning appliances. James Young helps them expand their space by incorporating an adjacent mudroom into the design. Then he walks them through maximizing the space they have with custom cabinetry, funky design features and lots of added color.

Friday
Jul 10
8am | 7c
Season 6, Episode 3

Grandma's Kitchen

Tyrone has many happy childhood memories of going to Grandma's house. But now that he OWNS Grandma's house and has a wife and five kids, those happy memories have turned into frustration?especially when it comes to the kitchen. It's too small, too tattered, and the cabinets are just plain too tall! With no room to expand, James Young needs to make this kitchen live bigger and function better. He starts by opening up a wall and creating a peninsula, then installs new stock cabinets with a rolling ladder added on to reach the high spots, then brings in walnut countertops, concrete tile for the floor, and new stainless appliances.

Friday
Oct 16
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 6

Retro Gone Wrong

Allison and Kyle have updated much of their urban home but the small kitchen is still stuck in the 1940s. On this episode of I Hate My Kitchen, a wall is opened up and a few new cabinets are added to maximize the storage and counter space. New door and drawer fronts, plus appliance panels for the refrigerator and dishwasher make the old and new elements in the kitchen look integrated and custom. A herringbone pattern hardwood floor and a teal glass backsplash finish off the space.

Monday
Oct 19
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 4, Episode 9

Fresh Take on a Classic Look

Greg and Kate bought their old home after decades of neglect left the place a dysfunctional, rodent infested mess. Seven years later this hardworking couple is almost done restoring the house to its original, turn-of-the-century glory. Only one huge hurdle remains ? the grungy, outdated kitchen. In this episode of I Hate My Kitchen, licensed contractor James Young remodels the space by giving it tons of contemporary functionality but with an eye to the classic details that make this old home special.

Wednesday
Nov 25
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.

Tuesday
Dec 29
7am | 6c
Season 7, Episode 11

Fifties to Fabulous

Adam & Kristin's ranch-style home has good bones but has required a lot of TLC to bring it up to date and they are stuck on what to do with the kitchen. Licensed contractor James Young decides on a plan to keep their old base cabinets because they have a cool design, and add all new uppers so the space is better utilized. They'll also add a peninsula, a shelf that doubles as a light, and a cool backsplash made using painted strips of wood.

Tuesday
Mar 8
7am | 6c
Season 8, Episode 7

Classic Modern Mix for a Young Couple

A young couple love their historic home's charm, but hate the kitchen that was last updated at a time when baby blue laminate and pink flowers were popular. With help from contractor James Young, the couple take down walls and create an open concept kitchen, that mixes traditional elements with funky pieces that match their personalities. The new kitchen's centerpiece is a huge DIY butcher block island that costs a fraction of what it costs in stores. They also update unsightly radiator covers, create easy DIY shutters and install beautiful large-format rectified tiles. In typical fashion for James, the new hardwood floors come with a twist, and the built-in bar stools are one-of-a-kind. The transformation leaves the couple nearly speechless, all for a budget of $25,000.

Tuesday
Apr 26
11am | 10c
Season 8, Episode 8

Cozy Comfy Kitchen with Apple Green and Gingham

Micaela just moved into her first home, a 1950s two-bedroom rambler that was in need of a lot of love.She's done a great job at clean and painting, but the kitchen remains a disaster.The dingy cabinets don't stay shut and have been known to hit her in the head. The appliances are old and don't work, the sink is permanently stained and the countertops are dated and chipped. The floor is coming up in parts and the pink brick backsplash is layered with grease. With a budget of $24,000, James helps Micaela transform her kitchen into the cozy, comfy space she wants. Bright apple-green and white cabinets make the new space pop. A funky button backslash, open shelving, and a DIY pot rack give the room personality. But it's the clever use of removable gingham wallpaper on the ceiling that takes this kitchen transformation to new heights.

Tuesday
Apr 26
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 8, Episode 12

Improving a Boring Building Grade Kitchen by Refacing Cabinets and Adding Modern Touches

Licensed contractor James Young helps a young family add personality and function to a builder-grade kitchen with cheap finishes and a boring design. Brian and Shemeka bought their house because they love the neighborhood for their two elementary-school age children. And while they've been able to add a hip touch to most of the house, they haven't done anything to the kitchen because the upgrades seem too daunting for their $27,000 budget. Once James is onboard, the couple tear down a wall and make the kitchen an open concept space that works with their lifestyle. James saves money by re-facing the base cabinets, and adds new horizontal upper cabinets for a modern vibe the couple loves. A funky curved island with quartz countertops will anchor the new room. Brian helps build an inexpensive DIY table from old records and epoxy, and Shemeka helps create a floating bench. Even though James keeps some of the couple's existing kitchen cabinets, the room has a completely different look with a dramatic modern flair the couple had been hoping for.

Monday
Aug 29
10am | 9c
Season 6, Episode 11

English Garden

Nicola and Brad stumbled upon their charming 1940s Cape Cod while walking through their neighborhood. An open house was in process, they stopped in, fell in love with the spacious house and the rest is history. However, the larger space came with an ugly 1980s kitchen and 8 years later, they've still not made any improvements on it, and even worse, a broken toilet on the second floor left the ceiling in shambles. Licensed contractor James Young is here to help them fix all their problems. The plan includes converting a pantry into a mini-mudroom to alleviate clutter, adding all new cabinets in two colors, installing a fun backsplash made out of stained glass, and adding a built-in seating area in the adjacent dining room.

Friday
Sep 2
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 6, Episode 11

English Garden

Nicola and Brad stumbled upon their charming 1940s Cape Cod while walking through their neighborhood. An open house was in process, they stopped in, fell in love with the spacious house and the rest is history. However, the larger space came with an ugly 1980s kitchen and 8 years later, they've still not made any improvements on it, and even worse, a broken toilet on the second floor left the ceiling in shambles. Licensed contractor James Young is here to help them fix all their problems. The plan includes converting a pantry into a mini-mudroom to alleviate clutter, adding all new cabinets in two colors, installing a fun backsplash made out of stained glass, and adding a built-in seating area in the adjacent dining room.

Monday
Dec 5
7am | 6c
Season 6, Episode 12

Treehouse Zen

Matt and Zeny's 7-level home has loads of space and an open floor plan that they love, but after updating much of the house to match their sleek, minimalist style, they got stuck on what to do with their cramped, outdated kitchen. Licensed contractor James Young helps them come up with a plan to maximize every inch of the small space and make it flow better with the rest of the house. Projects on tap include building a custom center island, installing a decorative accent lighting on the ceiling, and tiling the floor and backsplash.

Monday
Dec 12
7am | 6c
Season 6, Episode 13

Marnita's Kitchen

Marnita & Carl's kitchen is not only the heart of their home, it's the heart of their community. They regularly host large dinner parties to bring together people of differing backgrounds, and at times have fed as many as 150 people. They make the most of their cramped, overworked kitchen, but they are more than ready for a change. They have a commercial range that a neighbor donated to them collecting dust in the garage, so Licensed Contractor James Young comes up with a plan to finally get it inside and make it the focal point of a highly efficient, commercial style kitchen.

Monday
Dec 19
7am | 6c

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