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Make over your kitchen on a budget with design tips from I Hate My Kitchen host James Young.

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Meet the Host   

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.

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Season 5, Episode 11

An Entertaining Kitchen

Dave & Brittany spend a lot of time in their kitchen cooking and brewing beer, but it's an inefficient, eyesore of a space that isn't laid out well and feels cut off from the rest of the house. Licensed Contractor James Young helps them stretch their $18,000 budget and maximize space by reusing their old cabinets and adding more along an empty wall to create a beverage center with a built-in beer fridge and tap. The floor will get updated with porcelain tile that looks like wood, and the backsplash will be covered with sleek glass mosaic tile. Finally, the wall adjacent the dining room will be opened up and a countertop ledge with seating for three will be added.

Monday
Mar 9

8pm | 7c

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.

Monday
Mar 23

8pm | 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Kristin bought their early 20th century home as a foreclosure and spent months updating the interior, but the bland, outdated kitchen overwhelmed them.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. .

Thursday
Jul 2

8pm | 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.

Thursday
Jul 16

8pm | 7c

Season 5, Episode 2

Coming Out Contemporary

Jesse and Tiffany want to transform their small, dark kitchen into a brighter space with an open floor plan. To accomplish this, host and licensed contractor James Young removes a wall, gives the cabinets a facelift and adds an island. Stone countertops, stainless appliances and sink, plus all new lighting will help give their 70's split-level a fresh, contemporary vibe.

Thursday
Jul 23

8pm | 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.

Thursday
Sep 3

8pm | 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.

Tuesday
Oct 6

8pm | 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.

Thursday
Oct 8

8pm | 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.

Friday
Oct 16

4:30am | 3:30c

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 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 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.

Monday
Jan 11

7pm | 6c

Season 5, Episode 2

Coming Out Contemporary

Jesse and Tiffany want to transform their small, dark kitchen into a brighter space with an open floor plan. To accomplish this, host and licensed contractor James Young removes a wall, gives the cabinets a facelift and adds an island. Stone countertops, stainless appliances and sink, plus all new lighting will help give their 70's split-level a fresh, contemporary vibe.

Sunday
Feb 14

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.

Monday
Feb 15

4:30am | 3:30c

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
Feb 15

7pm | 6c

Season 5, Episode 6

Timeless & Traditional

Jeff and Amanda have a closed off kitchen that doesn't flow with the rest of their 1920's home. They lack DIY skills, so James Young comes in to show them how they can make the most of their $25,000 budget and teach them some skills along the way. The existing cabinets are repurposed and topped with soapstone countertops, opening up a wall allows for changes in the layout, and a peninsula addition gives them lots more storage and surface space.

Tuesday
Feb 16

4:30am | 3:30c

Season 5, Episode 8

Cramped to Convenient

Matt has renovated every part of his 1920's bungalow except the tiny kitchen. A gorgeous built-in hutch has kept him from expanding the room, but contractor James Young comes up with a plan to remove and repurpose the buffet, turning it into part of an island. The rest of the space is then filled with a mix of modern and vintage features.

Wednesday
Feb 17

4:30am | 3:30c

Season 5, Episode 10

Down Home Country

Roy & Katie's kitchen has a terrible layout, minimal cabinet space, and completely ancient appliances. To fix the issues, Licensed Contractor James Young starts by reconfiguring the layout to create a working triangle and make the space more functional. He then adds old world charm with a beadboard ceiling & coordinating cabinet doors, an apron front sink, and rustic shelving made from an old wooden pallet. Laminate tigerwood flooring and a stone backsplash help warm the space up and complete the cozy country themed space.

Thursday
Feb 18

4:30am | 3:30c

Season 5, Episode 12

Midcentury Not So Modern

Midcentury not so modern is how Allison and Rustin describe their modified rambler just five minutes outside the city. They bought the house because of its location, but four years later they're still stuck with an out-of-date brown and beige kitchen with appliances that don't even work! Licensed Contractor James Young will help them better utilize the space by opening up a small wall between the kitchen and dining room. The cabinets will be painted white with stainless steel accents and countertops, giving it a contemporary feel. A mother of pearl backsplash will make an elegant statement, and a red range will add a splash of color.

Friday
Feb 19

4:30am | 3:30c

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.

Saturday
Feb 20

4:30am | 3:30c

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
Feb 22

7pm | 6c

Season 7, Episode 10

Flood Fix-up

Brian & Meghan were left without a finished kitchen floor when a flood destroyed all the flooring on the first level of their home. They'd also like their kitchen to be open to the rest of their home so licensed contractor James Young comes in to help them reconfigure the space & make it shine from floor to ceiling. Plans include giving the old cabinets a facelift, upgrading the counters with modular granite slabs, and adding a large center island that will increase their countertop and seating space.

Monday
Feb 29

7pm | 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.

Monday
Mar 7

7pm | 6c

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 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.

Tuesday
Mar 8

9am | 8c

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