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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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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 5, Episode 13

Rustic Kitchen Overhaul

Jennifer and Keith have 5 busy kids between them, and although they had an addition put on when they blended households 4 years ago, a kitchen remodel had been put on hold ? until now! Licensed Contractor James Young helps them not only gut the space, but knock into an adjacent bedroom to give them the large, open floor plan they've always wanted. The overall theme is rustic and that includes wide plank flooring, pine cabinetry and reclaimed barn planks on an accent wall, plus aged copper countertops and a stacked stone backsplash.

Tuesday
Mar 24
8am | 7c
Season 5, Episode 1

Industrial Farmhouse Kitchen

Chris and Kristin bought their early 20th century home as a foreclosure and spent months updating the interior, but the bland, outdated kitchen overwhelmed them. Enter host and licensed contractor James Young who comes up with a plan to give the kitchen a better layout and update it using a blend of classic farmhouse features and modern accents. He's utilizing a wide range of materials - from a rustic wooden peninsula table, to a concrete countertop and a cork floor - to create a cozy, eclectic gathering spot for the first-time homeowners. .

Friday
Jul 3
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
Jul 17
8am | 7c
Season 3, Episode 2

Urban Country

Paula and Mike found their 1933 Tudor house two and a half years ago, and at the time about 12 people were living there and the place was filthy. But Paula and Mike saw potential and snapped the home up. Since then, they have refinished the floors, painted walls, refurbished the fireplace and renovated the basement with new carpet and paint. They have also redone the bathroom and worked on the landscaping, adding a fence in the backyard. Now it's finally the kitchen's turn, with its cracked, dirty countertops, exposed wiring, nasty linoleum flooring and faux backsplash.

Thursday
Sep 3
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 5, Episode 4

Feng Shui Bungalow

Mike and Leigh love everything about about their charming 1920's bungalow - everything, that is, except the poorly planned out kitchen. You have to squeeze past the stove just to get in and out of the kitchen. Licensed contractor James Young suggests closing off one of three doorways so they can better utilize the space. That'll create room to add a much-desired dishwasher, and the rest of the room will be filled with stylish features like recycled glass countertops, a hammered copper sink and a customized, interchangeable backsplash.

Friday
Sep 4
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 2

Kitchen Relocation

After years of living in small apartments Mike and Theresa desperately wanted some space. Their new home definitely has it ? just not in the kitchen (which can also be described as a hallway behind the living room.) This is not a kitchen that works, especially for Theresa, a former nutrition major and avid cook. But, when licensed contractor James Young and the I Hate My Kitchen crew are done, this room will boast sustainable products, serious cook-power and best of all: space! All on a budget of $30,000.

Wednesday
Oct 7
8am | 7c
Season 6, Episode 2

Industrial Contemporary Chalet

Newlyweds Beau & Jesalyn couldn't resist their 1950's ranch style that sits on a beautiful lot backing up to an urban creek. But the kitchen is less than desirable ? a wall blocks their beautiful view, and there's nowhere for the whole family to sit together and eat. James Young's plan includes knocking out a wall between the kitchen and family room to create one big, open space. Then he's decking the place out with industrial elements including a bar top made from metal, and a funky backsplash made using old skis.

Friday
Oct 9
8am | 7c
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 4, Episode 11

Cash-Saving Kitchen

When Nick and Melanie decided to move cross-country to be closer to family, there wasn't time for house hunting. So all it took was the right price for them to say yes to this 1949 suburban rambler. They scraped together $13,000 and want to stretch every dollar toward making the space easier to use and with an updated style. James will help Nick & Melanie stay on task and take their kitchen from dysfunctional and bizarre? to easy-to-use and updated, without breaking into the kids' college funds.

Wednesday
Dec 9
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
Mar 8
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 8, Episode 3

A Newlywed Couple Needs a Kitchen for Entertaining

Newlyweds ask licensed contractor James Young for help updating their dated 70s kitchen. Their appliances are old and out of date, and the style clashes with the rest of their tastefully decorated house. James helps the couple open up walls and shows how to save money by reusing and updating the kitchen cabinets. They splurge on a brick herringbone floor, an eco-friendly backsplash and sleek new appliances. As an homage to the couple's love of entertaining, James shows how to create a conversation-piece table out of old wine bottle corks. The finished kitchen leaves the couple nearly speechless, and all for a budget of just $28,000.

Tuesday
Mar 8
10am | 9c
Season 8, Episode 4

Fresh Condo Kitchen Reno for Two Sisters

Two young sisters share a condo they have lovingly updated into a chic, modern living space. But the kitchen is stuck in the 80s, and they need licensed contractor James Young's help to turn it into the open-concept entertaining space that fits their lifestyle. He helps them knock down walls, and create a custom island with beautiful, but cost-concisous epoxy countertops, unique canvas-wrapped columns and fun ambient lighting. New cherry red cabinets give the kitchen a pop of personality, along with a hand-crafted art glass panel created by the homeowners. For a budget of just $25,000 the kitchen is loaded with personality and ready for a party.

Tuesday
Mar 8
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 8, Episode 6

Using Mirrors and Marble in a Kitchen Reno That Leaves Homeowners Speechless

Licensed contractor James Young tackles a 1940s kitchen with broken cabinets, mismatched appliances and paltry counter space. With homeowners asking for bling, James brings in clever materials unexpected in a kitchen renovation. A glass and mirror backsplash is complemented by a faux fireplace with a mirror insert sitting atop a leather counter. Marble and tile floors are "reflected" in a clever ceiling treatment, and custom cabinets and fridge panels give the kitchen a high end, glamorous look, all for a budget of $35,000.

Tuesday
Apr 26
10:30am | 9:30c
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.

Sunday
Aug 28
4:30am | 3:30c
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.

Monday
Aug 29
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 8, Episode 9

A Reclaimed Kitchen With Historic Tile and Eco-Friendly Bamboo

Jevetta and Amondo have three children and large extended families and the party is always at their large 1950s multi-level home in the city. Both Jevetta and Amondo love to cook and share their home with friends and family, but the cut off kitchen space with old, broken appliances don't make things much fun. Licensed contractor James Young can't wait to tear out the walls between the kitchen, living room and dining room, opening the entire space and giving them a party house! He knows the couple are fans of reused and recycled products, so with a budget of $40,000, he brings in historic tiles from France for the floor and eco-friendly bamboo cabinets. They splurge on a high-end backsplash and black walnut countertops to create a warm, open kitchen, perfect for entertaining.

Monday
Aug 29
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 8, Episode 10

A Kitchen Makeover That Mixes Modern and Classic Touches for a Beautiful Eclectic Look

Siblings Amanda and Kevin Horner knew they could live together as adults without a problem. But now that they've gotten their first house together, the stakes are a lot higher than the typical childhood tug of war about household chores and bedroom sizes. While their negotiations over living room décor have been easy, they're each holding their ground when it comes to the kitchen makeover. Amanda likes classic design and Kevin is into contemporary style. With help from licensed contractor James Young, who has a $20,000 budget, they knock down walls and create a modern-classic mix in the kitchen. New contemporary cabinets with quartz countertops are installed, along with a solid surface panel backsplash. They make a DIY metal table, and create a clever solution to a common kitchen storage problem. A colorful cork floor in a grid pattern anchors the new space, for an eclectic kitchen with touches of modern and classic that both siblings love.

Monday
Aug 29
9am | 8c
Season 8, Episode 11

Turning a Dated Kitchen in a Suburban Ranch Home Into An Open Concept Space Anchored With An Island

James helps a family with two elementary-age kids turn their dated suburban ranch kitchen into an appealing open-concept space. The couple bought their house because of the great neighborhood and school district. And while they have been able to update the rest of the house, the kitchen remodel was so overwhelming, they didn't even know where to start. It is closed off from the living and dining rooms and has old appliances. The hood vent is comically oversized for the space and doesn't fit with their traditional design taste. The worst part, however, is all the laminate: laminate floor, countertops and even walls! James helps the couple open up their space by knocking down two walls and moving some of the appliances to create a workable space. James introduces some new products in the reno, including a wine-stained floor, vinyl-covered tiles that mimic expensive custom tile, a DIY vent hood and a plate rack the couple makes themselves. A massive kitchen island in a bright burst of color anchors the space. It's a massive and beautiful transformation that comes in with a budget of $50,000.

Monday
Aug 29
9:30am | 8:30c
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 8, Episode 13

How to Reuse and Repurpose in a Modern Classic Kitchen Reno

Licensed contractor James Young helps a young couple turn their ugly, dated, 1980s kitchen into a modern classic space. The kitchen has weird oak cabinets with a button detail, fake butcher block countertops, a tattered faux parquet floor and a dropped ceiling. James helps the couple change the layout of the room by opening up a partition wall between the kitchen and eating area, and relocating the fridge. Since the cabinet boxes are in good shape, James saves money by refacing the cabinets and adding some extra cabinetry to fit the new layout. New molding and wood trim on the soffits adds a sophisticated detail the couple love. In need of a wine and coffee bar, James shows how to repurpose a 1980s armoire, and turn it into an eye-catching piece of kitchen furniture. They install a cost-effective DIY quartz countertop, along with a beautiful mother-of-pearl backsplash. On the floor, a fossilized bamboo floor with a clever metal trim completes the kitchen renovation, all for a budget of $20,000.

Monday
Aug 29
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 6, Episode 5

Tudor Revival

Lindsay and Jason love their Tudor style home, but the outdated kitchen is bringing the whole house down. It's completely outdated and not functioning well for their family. Licensed Contractor James Young helps them devise and execute a plan that includes all new custom cabinets, a mix of countertop materials, a slate floor, and plenty of built-in storage.

Tuesday
Aug 30
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 6, Episode 7

Loft in the 'Burbs

Jackie and Nicole love the location of their split-level home in a quiet suburb, but the kitchen is stuck in the past and bringing the whole house down. They've already removed a dividing wall, but need some help from Licensed Contractor James Young to figure out the next moves to make. He helps them add contemporary style with sleek aluminum cabinet doors, white quartz countertops and stainless appliances. The fireplace in the adjacent space is getting a facelift with recycled aluminum tile, and the whole area will be unified with maple flooring. Finally, a unique countertop made using agates will create a focal point on an L-shaped island.

Wednesday
Aug 31
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 6, Episode 9

Flea Market Finds

Juan and Michala bought their 3-bedroom home because of it's convenient location plus the large yard and garage. They've made some minor updates, but hit a wall when it came to doing a large-scale kitchen remodel. Licensed Contractor James Young helps them come up with a plan to brighten the dreary space and fill it with a combination of sleek, new materials paired with fun vintage finds.

Thursday
Sep 1
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.

Friday
Sep 2
4:30am | 3:30c
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.

Saturday
Sep 3
4:30am | 3:30c

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