Mickey grew up in the family construction business and has been on work sites with his dad since he could walk. By the age of 5, he was learning how to use hammers and saws, and by high school, he was a full-fledged member of his dad’s construction team. He’s passionate about what he does, paying extra attention to the details, and has a talent for finding the right finishes and touches that make his designs stand out from all the others.
When his sister Amy married Sebastian’s brother Christian, a new bond was formed and Mickey and Sebastian not only became best friends, but business partners as well. Mickey now splits his time between their business helping couples transform fixer-uppers into the “forever home” of their dreams and continuing to help his dad in the family business.
Mickey also knows how to live life to the fullest and makes the most out of every day. Always up for an adventure, in his spare time you’ll find him riding in the mountains, and swimming in the ocean, which are both right in his backyard. People are immediately drawn to his energy, and easy-going nature and he makes new friends on each new adventure. But his biggest passion and love is his family, and every Sunday you’ll still find him at his Nonna’s for dinner.
Sebastian started working in carpentry in 2006 and never looked back. Since then, he has turned this passion into a thriving business – building, salvaging, customizing and designing homes, but things really took off for Sebastian when he joined forces with his best friend Mickey Fabbiano. These talented young entrepreneurs connected over a common dream to see couples set down roots in their dream neighbourhoods by finding fixer uppers and transforming them into first-rate “forever homes”.
Proving you can live a life pursing multiple passions, Sebastian also works full-time as a Firefighter. His days off from the firehall are spent on his business with Mickey, managing his own DIY and reno projects, and his role as Spokesperson for BC’s Hometown Heroes Lottery. He loves the challenge of balancing everything, and credits growing up in humble beginnings for creating his ambition, drive and extraordinary work ethic.
Street wise and quick - Sebastian is on a mission to succeed and make a name for himself in the home reno and design space.
Vancouver based Interior Designer Catherine Yuen joins builders Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo in Season 2 of Worst to First. Together they transform ten of the worst houses on the block into wonderful, first-rate homes in one of the most challenging housing markets in the world.
Growing up, Catherine could never get enough of drawing, painting, building and making things. She credits her mother with her love of design because her mom loved to rearrange their household furniture. As a result, Catherine was inspired to do the same in her bedroom and liked to see the fresh possibilities that existed in the same space with the same furniture. In her teens, Catherine and her mom loved to see the amazing transformations on home renovation shows, and the two would devour them together.
In 2010, Catherine earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of British Columbia in Visual Arts. After traveling throughout Europe, South America and Asia, she returned to school for a Bachelor of Interior Design at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. In her third year of the program, Catherine was part of a three-person team that scored first place in the North American IDEC Student Design Competition. Their challenge was to ‘Design as an Agent of Social Change’ and their submission topped more than 100 international entries.
Catherine focuses on both residential and commercial design and is fascinated by human behavior and how space, colour, texture and light affect us. Her holistic design approach provides clients with a space that is both beautiful and functional, expresses their personality and style, and ensures a positive and intuitive experience in each environment.
When not working, Catherine loves running, hiking, snowboarding, and yoga, as well as getting out of the city for a quick refresh and reset.