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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 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 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
12:30pm | 11:30c
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 2

Kitchen Relocation

After years of living in small apartments Mike and Theresa desperately wanted some space. Their new home definitely has it ? just not in the kitchen (which can also be described as a hallway behind the living room.) This is not a kitchen that works, especially for Theresa, a former nutrition major and avid cook. But, when licensed contractor James Young and the I Hate My Kitchen crew are done, this room will boast sustainable products, serious cook-power and best of all: space! All on a budget of $30,000.

Thursday
Oct 15
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 4

A Fresh Start

Ben and Katie have a charming home in a quiet neighborhood, surrounded by parks and scenic views. Their entire home is full of color and designed for comfort except for the kitchen which is a white box with nothing to look at and little to love. The appliances are aging, the materials uninspiring and the whole room lingers under a layer of dirt and grime. The only remedy is a complete overhaul. This episode of I Hate My Kitchen loosens up the layout, maximizes the storage space, and gives Ben and Katie's kitchen a fresh start.

Saturday
Oct 17
4:30am | 3:30c
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 4

A Fresh Start

Ben and Katie have a charming home in a quiet neighborhood, surrounded by parks and scenic views. Their entire home is full of color and designed for comfort except for the kitchen which is a white box with nothing to look at and little to love. The appliances are aging, the materials uninspiring and the whole room lingers under a layer of dirt and grime. The only remedy is a complete overhaul. This episode of I Hate My Kitchen loosens up the layout, maximizes the storage space, and gives Ben and Katie's kitchen a fresh start.

Wednesday
Oct 21
8am | 7c

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