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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 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 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 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 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 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.

Thursday
Dec 29
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 6

Funky Fix-up

Newlyweds Vue and Lilly have differing ideas when it comes to design, but they both agree their kitchen is in need of a major upgrade. Licensed contractor James Young steps in to help blend his love of bold, contemporary style with her desire for a more traditional space. The dark cabinets will be refaced with birch veneer, and a center island will be added that features a built-in saltwater aquarium. Other features include snow-white quartz countertops, a aluminum tile backsplash made from recycled airplanes, and an inset of fun grafitti tile in the middle of the kitchen floor.

Thursday
Feb 2
8am | 7c
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.

Thursday
Mar 9
8am | 7c
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.

Thursday
Mar 16
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 6

Funky Fix-up

Newlyweds Vue and Lilly have differing ideas when it comes to design, but they both agree their kitchen is in need of a major upgrade. Licensed contractor James Young steps in to help blend his love of bold, contemporary style with her desire for a more traditional space. The dark cabinets will be refaced with birch veneer, and a center island will be added that features a built-in saltwater aquarium. Other features include snow-white quartz countertops, a aluminum tile backsplash made from recycled airplanes, and an inset of fun grafitti tile in the middle of the kitchen floor.

Monday
May 1
7am | 6c
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.

Monday
May 1
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 7

Shag to Swag

Kaytie & Nick's rambler in the city looks like a 1970s time capsule. From the smoky mirrors to the shag carpet, they've embraced the space for what it is, but after a year of suffering with their dark, closed-off kitchen, they are ready to start making changes. James Young's plan to take the kitchen into the 21st century include opening up the kitchen to the dining room, adding all new high gloss cabinets, and fabricating funky laminate countertops with a cool retro metal edge. The floor gets an urban vibe with wafer board joined with aluminum seams and covered in poly. Plus the backsplash will be a combination of green glass subway tile accented with vintage bottle caps.

Monday
May 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.

Monday
May 8
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 8

1888 to Modern

Ian & Emily bought their 3-story duplex in the city because it was loaded with old school charm and offered plenty of space for their family. But the kitchen is tiny, has little countertop space, and not a single drawer, making it a challenge to do every day tasks. There's not much room to expand, so Licensed Contractor James Young comes up with creative solutions to save space, such as a base cabinet with a pull-out table. Going for a rustic modern theme, he blends old-school materials like reclaimed bleacher wood & recycled chalkboards, with sleek modern ones such as hi-gloss cabinet doors.

Monday
May 15
7am | 6c
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.

Monday
May 15
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 9

Looks Are Deceiving

Paul & Carla love the charm of their first-ring suburban neighborhood, and their spacious home is perfect for their growing family except the galley-style closed off kitchen. Licensed contractor James Young's plans include widening a doorway and nixing a sight-blocking cabinet to improve the flow of the home. Everything outdated is getting a makeover, and the improvements flow into an adjacent seating area where James gives them an inexpensive solution to solve their storage woes.

Monday
May 22
7am | 6c
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
May 22
7:30am | 6:30c

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