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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 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.

Monday
Mar 26
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.

Monday
Apr 2
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.

Monday
Apr 9
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.

Monday
Apr 16
8am | 7c
Season 7, Episode 5

Outdoor Extravaganza

There's always a party going on outside Jon and Lara's cozy suburban home, but the makeshift kitchen and living space they're thrown together makes it tough to accommodate their outdoor lifestyle. But much of their backyard is sitting unused and licensed contractor James Young thinks that needs to change in a big way. A cedar deck and pergola will sit center stage and the new outdoor kitchen will feature a grilling station and side burner, a beverage bar that includes a kegerator, plus stainless steel cabinetry and granite countertops. Living spaces on either side of the deck will provide plenty of options for entertaining.

Monday
Apr 23
8am | 7c
Season 7, Episode 6

Funky Fix-up

Newlyweds Vue and Lilly have differing ideas when it comes to design, but they both agree their kitchen is in need of a major upgrade. Licensed contractor James Young steps in to help blend his love of bold, contemporary style with her desire for a more traditional space. The dark cabinets will be refaced with birch veneer, and a center island will be added that features a built-in saltwater aquarium. Other features include snow-white quartz countertops, a aluminum tile backsplash made from recycled airplanes, and an inset of fun grafitti tile in the middle of the kitchen floor.

Monday
Apr 30
8am | 7c
Season 7, Episode 7

Shag to Swag

Kaytie & Nick's rambler in the city looks like a 1970s time capsule. From the smoky mirrors to the shag carpet, they've embraced the space for what it is, but after a year of suffering with their dark, closed-off kitchen, they are ready to start making changes. James Young's plan to take the kitchen into the 21st century include opening up the kitchen to the dining room, adding all new high gloss cabinets, and fabricating funky laminate countertops with a cool retro metal edge. The floor gets an urban vibe with wafer board joined with aluminum seams and covered in poly. Plus the backsplash will be a combination of green glass subway tile accented with vintage bottle caps.

Monday
May 7
8am | 7c
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.

Monday
May 14
8am | 7c
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.

Monday
May 21
8am | 7c
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.

Monday
Jun 4
8am | 7c
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
Jun 11
8am | 7c
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.

Monday
Jun 18
8am | 7c
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.

Monday
Jun 25
8am | 7c
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.

Wednesday
Oct 3
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.

Wednesday
Oct 10
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.

Wednesday
Oct 17
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.

Wednesday
Oct 24
7am | 6c
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.

Thursday
Oct 25
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.

Friday
Oct 26
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 7, Episode 6

Funky Fix-up

Newlyweds Vue and Lilly have differing ideas when it comes to design, but they both agree their kitchen is in need of a major upgrade. Licensed contractor James Young steps in to help blend his love of bold, contemporary style with her desire for a more traditional space. The dark cabinets will be refaced with birch veneer, and a center island will be added that features a built-in saltwater aquarium. Other features include snow-white quartz countertops, a aluminum tile backsplash made from recycled airplanes, and an inset of fun grafitti tile in the middle of the kitchen floor.

Saturday
Oct 27
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 7, Episode 8

1888 to Modern

Ian & Emily bought their 3-story duplex in the city because it was loaded with old school charm and offered plenty of space for their family. But the kitchen is tiny, has little countertop space, and not a single drawer, making it a challenge to do every day tasks. There's not much room to expand, so Licensed Contractor James Young comes up with creative solutions to save space, such as a base cabinet with a pull-out table. Going for a rustic modern theme, he blends old-school materials like reclaimed bleacher wood & recycled chalkboards, with sleek modern ones such as hi-gloss cabinet doors.

Sunday
Oct 28
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 7, Episode 9

Looks Are Deceiving

Paul & Carla love the charm of their first-ring suburban neighborhood, and their spacious home is perfect for their growing family except the galley-style closed off kitchen. Licensed contractor James Young's plans include widening a doorway and nixing a sight-blocking cabinet to improve the flow of the home. Everything outdated is getting a makeover, and the improvements flow into an adjacent seating area where James gives them an inexpensive solution to solve their storage woes.

Monday
Oct 29
4:30am | 3:30c

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