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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 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 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
Aug 7
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 4, Episode 3

Anything But White

Single mom, Nancy has had it with her hideous all-white kitchen. After 20 years of living with this sterile, boring space she's ready for an upgrade. With the help of licensed contractor, James Young and the I Hate My Kitchen team, this kitchen is getting a major makeover. Together, they're ready to give it a new lease on life, full of function, color and personality.

Wednesday
Oct 14
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 7

Stylin' Family Kitchen

Joel and Maja have had it with their outdated country kitchen. After seven years of living with a tacky, functionless nightmare this young family is ready for an upgrade. With the help of licensed contractor James Young and the I Hate My Kitchen team, this kitchen is getting a major makeover. They're ready to give it a new lease full of function, color and style.

Wednesday
Nov 11
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 13

Baby Plus Kitchen

Redoing their 1950's kitchen has always been in the back of college sweetheart Mark and Megan's minds, but seemed more daunting than other projects. The added pressure is that they are expecting their first baby in just a few months! Licensed contractor James Young is here to help ease their fears and take this project from 50's flashback to simple & modern without going over the top ? or over their $22,000 budget.

Wednesday
Dec 23
8am | 7c
Season 7, Episode 5

Outdoor Extravaganza

There's always a party going on outside Jon and Lara's cozy suburban home, but the makeshift kitchen and living space they're thrown together makes it tough to accommodate their outdoor lifestyle. But much of their backyard is sitting unused and licensed contractor James Young thinks that needs to change in a big way. A cedar deck and pergola will sit center stage and the new outdoor kitchen will feature a grilling station and side burner, a beverage bar that includes a kegerator, plus stainless steel cabinetry and granite countertops. Living spaces on either side of the deck will provide plenty of options for entertaining.

Tuesday
Jan 26
7am | 6c
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.

Tuesday
Feb 2
7am | 6c
Season 8, Episode 2

Creating a Rustic Country Kitchen with Limestone Feature Wall

A 70s kitchen eyesore, complete with blue plaid wall paper, mismatched appliances and an awkward faux brick feature wall gets an update from licensed contractor James Young. The homeowners like the rustic look, but hope for a more sophisticated, functional kitchen. With help from James, the couple demos the kitchen, leaving behind well-made cabinets that get a clever facelift. A limestone feature wall gives the new space the focal point the homeowners are looking for, while a copper backsplash, distressed pine flooring and unusual use of wallpaper adds to the rustic country kitchen makeover. With a budget of $25,000, James' clever use of materials gives the reno a huge bang for the buck.

Tuesday
Mar 8
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 7, Episode 13

Southwestern Style

Loshi & Justin know the cramped kitchen in their 50's ranch-style home has tons of potential, but they're overwhelmed at the prospect of tackling it on their own. They both love the vibe of the American southwest where Justin is from and want their kitchen to reflect their style. James Young finds creative ways to add southwestern flair to the space while working with a budget of $20,000. The existing floor and cabinets get major facelifts, new countertops are fabricated from sheets of copper, and warm splashes of color are added throughout including a hand-painted sink and a terra cotta backsplash.

Tuesday
Mar 22
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.

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

Monday
Oct 24
7am | 6c
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.

Thursday
Jan 5
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.

Thursday
Jan 19
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

Thursday
Jan 19
8am | 7c
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.

Thursday
Jan 26
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 5

Outdoor Extravaganza

There's always a party going on outside Jon and Lara's cozy suburban home, but the makeshift kitchen and living space they're thrown together makes it tough to accommodate their outdoor lifestyle. But much of their backyard is sitting unused and licensed contractor James Young thinks that needs to change in a big way. A cedar deck and pergola will sit center stage and the new outdoor kitchen will feature a grilling station and side burner, a beverage bar that includes a kegerator, plus stainless steel cabinetry and granite countertops. Living spaces on either side of the deck will provide plenty of options for entertaining.

Thursday
Jan 26
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.

Thursday
Feb 2
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 8, Episode 1

Creating an Eclectic Open Kitchen Concept From A Closed-In 70s Kitchen Disaster

Emily and Dave love their charming 70s home, except for the closed-in, outdated kitchen with broken appliances and well-worn cabinets. Licensed contractor James Young's renovation plans include demo'ing all the walls to create an open concept kitchen, new cabinets, inexpensive DIY slab door countertops, an art glass chevron backsplash and a brass sink and faucet worthy of the new space. The new kitchen design flows seamlessly with the couple's eclectic modern style.

Thursday
Feb 2
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Thursday
Feb 9
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.

Thursday
Feb 9
8am | 7c
Season 6, Episode 8

Classic With an Edge

Danny & Ashley started working on their early 1900's fixer upper 4 years ago, but got deterred by a wedding and a baby. Now, they're finally ready to tackle their outdated and cramped kitchen with help from Licensed Contractor James Young. Plans for the revamped space include salvaging some of the old cabinet boxes and mixing them with new custom pieces, upgrading the countertops and flooring, and expanding the dining area so these homeowners have a place to eat and entertain.

Thursday
Feb 16
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.

Thursday
Feb 16
8am | 7c
Season 8, Episode 2

Creating a Rustic Country Kitchen with Limestone Feature Wall

A 70s kitchen eyesore, complete with blue plaid wall paper, mismatched appliances and an awkward faux brick feature wall gets an update from licensed contractor James Young. The homeowners like the rustic look, but hope for a more sophisticated, functional kitchen. With help from James, the couple demos the kitchen, leaving behind well-made cabinets that get a clever facelift. A limestone feature wall gives the new space the focal point the homeowners are looking for, while a copper backsplash, distressed pine flooring and unusual use of wallpaper adds to the rustic country kitchen makeover. With a budget of $25,000, James' clever use of materials gives the reno a huge bang for the buck.

Thursday
Feb 16
8:30am | 7:30c
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
Feb 23
7:30am | 6:30c

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