Get ready for a new season of Worst to First on HGTV Canada. Best pals and builders Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo are joined by designer Catherine Yuen as they transform the most rundown home on the block into the jewel of the neighbourhood. But there is more than the addition of Catherine to get fans excited about. Read on and find out more.
The new season of Worst to First premieres Thursday, May 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada.
And Catherine Makes 3!
While Mickey and Sebastian take charge by finding the homes and tackling the renovations, designer Catherine Yuen offers her expertise in devising genius design solutions that will enhance each home, reflecting the needs and personalities of the homeowners.
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Meet Catherine Yuen
Catherine Yuen became an interior designer after earning her Bachelor of Interior Design at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her career choice was inspired to by her mother’s love of design and renovation shows. She brings a holistic approach to develop gorgeous and functional spaces that reflect the personality, needs and style of her clients. “The guys do you have a good eye but me bringing in the design element let’s them focus on the building aspect of the renovation,” she says.
Bigger and Better
“I think this season the renovations are bigger and better than they were last season,” says Sebastian. “It’s not just giving someone open concept. I mean we’re, we’re putting additions on houses… We’re doing some larger-scale renovations, in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
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As the scope of the projects expands in season two, so do the complications. “With big renovations can come some pretty big challenges and occasional problems,” admits Sebastian. “So there’s definitely been bumps that we’ve had to overcome along the way and every home has their own one to offer. So there’s definitely going to be a little more suspense and that department.”
This season will also see more DIY projects incorporated into Worst to First. The team also breaks down projects like changing a faucet or toilet in a digital video series that will be available exclusively on HGTV Canada’s website. Armed with this digital series you will be able to tackle these projects on your own and cut down on your renovation budget.
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Raising the Design Bar
The addition of Catherine to the team has introduced some fresh, new design elements. “When we’re done the renovation and I see the way she styled a home or the finishes that she does, a lot of times I’m left being like, how did you even come up with this?” says Sebastian. “She’s very talented and I totally respect her for what she brings to the table.”
Three Heads Are Better Than One
Look for a new streamlined dynamic this season on Worst to First. “Sebastian and I would both come out with our design plans,” says Mickey. This season there isn’t that competitive element. “Now Catherine, Sebastian and I are all working together to make one design plan that we feel best suits the homeowner.”
Upping Their Style Game
Mikey and Sebastian have made a conscious effort to up their own personal style game for the new season. “I’ve got a bit of a new look,” says Sebastian, who also points to Mickey getting more buff. “Mikey has been working out his arms the entire off season between season one and two,” he adds. “He didn’t really work out any other part of his body, but he sure did work out his arms.”
Like last season, there will be dramatic reveals at the end of each episode, but this season the emotions may run even higher. “They start tearing up,” says Sebastian. And a lot of times it’s the guys who get teary… when they start thinking about how hard they worked to get where they are and what it means for them and their families, it’s a big deal.” Or, as Catherine says: “It’s like Christmas!”
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