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Kristin bought their early 20th century home as a foreclosure and spent months updating the interior, but the bland, outdated kitchen overwhelmed them.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

Monday
Mar 27
7am | 6c
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.

Monday
Mar 27
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

Monday
Apr 3
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.

Monday
Apr 3
7:30am | 6:30c
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
Apr 10
7am | 6c
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.

Monday
Apr 10
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.

Monday
Apr 17
7am | 6c
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.

Monday
Apr 17
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.

Monday
Apr 24
7am | 6c
Season 8, Episode 5

Bringing a Historic Craftsman Into the 21st Century

A beautiful century-old Craftsman house has been lovingly updated by the homeowners, but the boxy kitchen with counter space spread out into two rooms has the couple at a standstill until licensed contractor James Young steps in to help bring the space into the 21st Century. With his help, the couple knock down walls and create one large space for their kitchen. New craftsman-style cabinets with soapstone counter tops anchor the space, while art tiles, DIY stained glass and massive sliding doors for kitchen storage give it the custom look the homeowners crave. Clever use of salvaged materials turns the new kitchen into a charming area that pays respect to its past while utilizing every modern amenity, all for a budget of $30,000.

Monday
Apr 24
7:30am | 6:30c

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