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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 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
12pm | 11c
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 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.

Friday
Sep 4
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 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 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 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
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.

Tuesday
Apr 26
10am | 9c
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 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.

Monday
Aug 29
4:30am | 3:30c
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 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
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.

Wednesday
Jun 28
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.

Thursday
Jun 29
7am | 6c
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.

Wednesday
Jul 5
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.

Thursday
Jul 6
7am | 6c
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.

Wednesday
Jul 12
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.

Thursday
Jul 13
7am | 6c
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.

Wednesday
Jul 19
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.

Thursday
Jul 20
7am | 6c
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.

Wednesday
Jul 26
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.

Thursday
Jul 27
7am | 6c

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