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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.

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Season 2, Episode 10

Historical Sophistication

HunWen and Nick Westman looked long and hard to find just the right house - a six-bedroom masterpiece built in the 1900s. From gorgeous woodwork to beveled glass, the house was nearly perfect, except for one major flaw - the 1980s kitchen. The floors are chipping, the cabinets are falling apart and the layout is just plain awkward. Worst of all - it's in the wrong decade! But with James's help, these homeowners will mix high-tech products with old-world charm to create one timeless space.

Wednesday
Mar 11

12am | 11c

Season 3, Episode 6

Arts and Crafts with a Twist

Amber and Eric Cameron scored big when they landed a spacious foreclosure in the burbs. The only flaw - the last owners ripped up everything in the middle of the night...right down to the kitchen sink. In order to qualify for a mortgage, they had to come up with a makeshift kitchen - and fast. They threw together random 'free' items, and have themselves a very unattractive, makeshift space. The cabinets are barely attached, they're using an old lab table as their island, and the leaky sink reeks of food. But with the help of contractor James Young, they'll start from scratch and build an arts and crafts masterpiece bursting with color and personal flair.

Wednesday
Mar 11

12:30am | 11:30c

Season 2, Episode 4

Spacious Mess

A year and a half ago, Sara and Derek Wallen bought their first home. The 1975 ranch was in a great neighborhood and had a big backyard. Since moving in, they've updated the whole house, except one room. Now, with the help of contractor James Young, it's time to take on the kitchen. They have plenty of space to work with, but it's dated and not very efficient. With James's help they'll turn it into a cozy and functional kitchen.

Wednesday
Mar 11

10:30am | 9:30c

Season 2, Episode 6

Down to the Studs

Eight years ago, Dakota and Luke Chalich bought a 1976 split-level on a huge wooded lot. They loved the location, but the house was a real fixer-upper. Fortunately, Dakota and Luke are pretty handy, so they started work on the place right away. Now they've renovated everything but one room--the kitchen. It needs a total overhaul, so they've brought in contractor James Young to transform the dated room into a modern, open space.

Wednesday
Mar 11

11am | 10c

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 3, Episode 5

Cramped Quarters

Mike and Becca Ahern have a problem: a growing family and cramped quarters. Their 1960s-style kitchen suffers from corners that make cooking a struggle and hanging cabinets that are more like a wall! Now, with their first child on the way, it's time for Becca and Mike to break on through - with a full kitchen remodel. We'll rearrange the floorplan, open the kitchen into the dining room, and bring in all new appliances. The goal: a family kitchen with classic contemporary style. And we'll do it for under $30,000.

Wednesday
Mar 11

1pm | 12c

Season 3, Episode 4

Layout Lamentations

Eight years ago Chris and Erin Farmer bought a 100-year-old craftsman bungalow. They love its classic style, but vintage charm can come with few challenges. The old and ugly kitchen is small, and its layout is lousy. Now, they're ready to renovate, but they aren't sure how to fix the awkward floor plan. Contractor James Young will help them turn their cramped space into a stylish open kitchen.

Wednesday
Mar 11

1:30pm | 12:30c

Season 3, Episode 3

French-Country Kitchen

Jarvis and Mariah have a dark, closed-off kitchen, but they're dreaming of a more open plan with French Country style. Luckily, James is ready to transform the dated space into something warmer and more inviting. Jarvis and Mariah have a budget of $23,000, but they already have appliances. So their plan is to spend big on granite countertops and rustic finishes like a brick backsplash and stone veneer floor.

Wednesday
Mar 11

2pm | 1c

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 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.

Friday
Jul 10

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.

Friday
Jul 17

8am | 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.

Friday
Jul 24

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
Jul 31

8am | 7c

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 5, Episode 3

A Roommate Renovation

When a financial planning assistant, Shelly bought her 1950's fixer-upper, she was certain it would be a good long-term investment. She's tackled many updates herself, and practically doubled the livable space, but the kitchen remains a sore spot for Shelly and her 3 roommates. With a limited budget, licensed contractor James Young shows them how to get the most bang for Shelly's buck. By reusing the existing cabinetry, coming up with creative storage solutions, and adding stylish, budget-friendly features, James helps them to get a chic, functional kitchen without breaking the bank.

Friday
Aug 14

8am | 7c

Season 6, Episode 3

Grandma's Kitchen

Tyrone has many happy childhood memories of going to Grandma's house. But now that he OWNS Grandma's house and has a wife and five kids, those happy memories have turned into frustration?especially when it comes to the kitchen. It's too small, too tattered, and the cabinets are just plain too tall! With no room to expand, James Young needs to make this kitchen live bigger and function better. He starts by opening up a wall and creating a peninsula, then installs new stock cabinets with a rolling ladder added on to reach the high spots, then brings in walnut countertops, concrete tile for the floor, and new stainless appliances.

Friday
Aug 21

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

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