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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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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 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 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
Dec 29
7am | 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.

Tuesday
Mar 8
7am | 6c
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 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.

Monday
Nov 7
7am | 6c
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.

Monday
Dec 5
7am | 6c
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.

Thursday
Jan 12
8am | 7c
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.

Thursday
Jan 12
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 6, Episode 10

Fabulous Farmhouse

When Aaron and Janea found a 60's ranch house on a huge wooded lot in the exurbs, they knew it was the place they wanted to raise their family. However, the interior was stuck in a 70's time warp. They've removed paneling and made updates in some of the living spaces, but felt the kitchen was more than they could tackle on their own so they brought in Licensed Contractor James Young. Plans for the new space include reusing the cabinet boxes and updating the doors, upgrading the countertops with DIY soapstone, plus adding a new larger island and a dining area that includes a built-in bench.

Thursday
Mar 2
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

Thursday
Mar 2
8am | 7c
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.

Thursday
Mar 9
7:30am | 6:30c
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 12

Tricked-out Traditional

Brian and Kim are newbie homeowners who know a kitchen remodeling project is over their heads so they bring in licensed contractor James Young for some guidance. There is nothing salvageable from the old space, so he starts from scratch with all new cabinets and a travertine tile floor. He saves on the budget by pouring his own concrete countertops, and finishes off the space with some cool techie additions.

Thursday
Mar 16
8am | 7c
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.

Thursday
Mar 23
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

Thursday
Mar 23
8am | 7c

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