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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 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 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 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 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
Sep 18
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 1

Lofty Ideas

Mike & Carol moved into their suburban split-level with lofty dreams of renovating the place from top to bottom. Six years and two kids later, they have little more to show for their plans than a few unsuccessful half-completed projects. James Young is going to help them completely transform their kitchen. All new custom cabinetry, terrazzo flooring and recycled paper countertops are a few of the products that help take the kitchen from worn-out to wow!

Wednesday
Sep 30
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. .

Tuesday
Oct 6
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 6

Retro Gone Wrong

Allison and Kyle have updated much of their urban home but the small kitchen is still stuck in the 1940s. On this episode of I Hate My Kitchen, a wall is opened up and a few new cabinets are added to maximize the storage and counter space. New door and drawer fronts, plus appliance panels for the refrigerator and dishwasher make the old and new elements in the kitchen look integrated and custom. A herringbone pattern hardwood floor and a teal glass backsplash finish off the space.

Monday
Oct 19
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 9

Fresh Take on a Classic Look

Greg and Kate bought their old home after decades of neglect left the place a dysfunctional, rodent infested mess. Seven years later this hardworking couple is almost done restoring the house to its original, turn-of-the-century glory. Only one huge hurdle remains ? the grungy, outdated kitchen. In this episode of I Hate My Kitchen, licensed contractor James Young remodels the space by giving it tons of contemporary functionality but with an eye to the classic details that make this old home special.

Wednesday
Nov 25
8am | 7c
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.

Tuesday
Jan 19
7am | 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 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 7

Classic Modern Mix for a Young Couple

A young couple love their historic home's charm, but hate the kitchen that was last updated at a time when baby blue laminate and pink flowers were popular. With help from contractor James Young, the couple take down walls and create an open concept kitchen, that mixes traditional elements with funky pieces that match their personalities. The new kitchen's centerpiece is a huge DIY butcher block island that costs a fraction of what it costs in stores. They also update unsightly radiator covers, create easy DIY shutters and install beautiful large-format rectified tiles. In typical fashion for James, the new hardwood floors come with a twist, and the built-in bar stools are one-of-a-kind. The transformation leaves the couple nearly speechless, all for a budget of $25,000.

Tuesday
Apr 26
11am | 10c
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.

Sunday
Aug 28
4:30am | 3:30c
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 8, Episode 9

A Reclaimed Kitchen With Historic Tile and Eco-Friendly Bamboo

Jevetta and Amondo have three children and large extended families and the party is always at their large 1950s multi-level home in the city. Both Jevetta and Amondo love to cook and share their home with friends and family, but the cut off kitchen space with old, broken appliances don't make things much fun. Licensed contractor James Young can't wait to tear out the walls between the kitchen, living room and dining room, opening the entire space and giving them a party house! He knows the couple are fans of reused and recycled products, so with a budget of $40,000, he brings in historic tiles from France for the floor and eco-friendly bamboo cabinets. They splurge on a high-end backsplash and black walnut countertops to create a warm, open kitchen, perfect for entertaining.

Monday
Aug 29
8:30am | 7:30c
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 8, Episode 12

Improving a Boring Building Grade Kitchen by Refacing Cabinets and Adding Modern Touches

Licensed contractor James Young helps a young family add personality and function to a builder-grade kitchen with cheap finishes and a boring design. Brian and Shemeka bought their house because they love the neighborhood for their two elementary-school age children. And while they've been able to add a hip touch to most of the house, they haven't done anything to the kitchen because the upgrades seem too daunting for their $27,000 budget. Once James is onboard, the couple tear down a wall and make the kitchen an open concept space that works with their lifestyle. James saves money by re-facing the base cabinets, and adds new horizontal upper cabinets for a modern vibe the couple loves. A funky curved island with quartz countertops will anchor the new room. Brian helps build an inexpensive DIY table from old records and epoxy, and Shemeka helps create a floating bench. Even though James keeps some of the couple's existing kitchen cabinets, the room has a completely different look with a dramatic modern flair the couple had been hoping for.

Monday
Aug 29
10am | 9c
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 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.

Wednesday
Aug 31
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 6, Episode 9

Flea Market Finds

Juan and Michala bought their 3-bedroom home because of it's convenient location plus the large yard and garage. They've made some minor updates, but hit a wall when it came to doing a large-scale kitchen remodel. Licensed Contractor James Young helps them come up with a plan to brighten the dreary space and fill it with a combination of sleek, new materials paired with fun vintage finds.

Thursday
Sep 1
4:30am | 3:30c
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.

Friday
Sep 2
4:30am | 3:30c
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.

Saturday
Sep 3
4:30am | 3:30c

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