Get to know us
Image to Reality Contracting is a leading Vancouver based home builder and renovation contractor with one goal in mind - to create the best places to call home. From the development of award-winning master-planned communities, to the design and construction of premier homes and commercial properties, we are committed to cultivating an exceptional life experience for our customers.
Inspired By Family Design
As a family we were always decorating rooms, building things, and fixing them too. It was a regular thing for us to move furniture around, decorate rooms, and also build stuff. It was always a lot of fun and rewarding. For as long as we can remember we were always inspired by great design, and so was the family.
It All Started Here
When Marc was 16 years old he worked on his first construction site. His best friend Rob asked if he wanted to help install wood flooring, doors and architectural mouldings and millwork. He explained it paid $10/hr. and there was at least a week of work. Marc said yes! The house was in North Vancouver just west of Capilano road and it had a lot of work to be done. After getting involved he realized it wasn’t a straight forward installation either. There were inlay patterns in the floor and most of the walls in the house weren't square. Marc remembers it was very tedious, but he enjoyed the sense of accomplishment after each day of work.
Our Beginnings With Woodworking
Marc always had a knack for building things. As a kid, he was always outside building tree houses in the bushy areas of our neighbourhood. He excelled in woodworking and shop class throughout the school years growing up, showing great interest in creating unique pieces of furniture and cabinetry.
Image to Reality Contracting Was Born
In his early 20’s, Marc was looking to save up money to eventually purchase his first home so he decided to take side jobs on weekends. He started his own little part-time business and called it 'Fabbro Finishing & Flooring'. His Sister Shauna was a graphic designer and even did a logo and website for the business. During this time Marc learned the basics of how a business works, along with customer service and how to be attentive to details. After a few years of doing finishing and flooring, Marc evolved into more challenging home improvement projects. He did everything he could do to learn more about the home renovation business. He learned along side other top builders in North and West Vancouver doing home additions (adding floors to homes and expanding existing home footprints), building decks, basements, and high end kitchen and bathroom renovations. Marc even renovated his grandfathers bathroom from start to finish which involved converting the old layout into a more functional space for wheel chair excess-ability. This is where the journey of contractor began, and it involved a lot of learning and reading!
During this time Marc encountered a lot of great tradespeople - and some not so great ones too. Unfortunately, he found that there are contractors out there who were unprofessional, not detailed oriented, and disorganized. Fortunately, he had a mentor that taught him many things a great contractor should do, and those habits are still with the company today. His name was John Whipple. As a master carpenter / renovator his entire life, he knew construction and also understood how to run a business. His core belief: the customer was always number #1. From this point forward the business would be committed to 3 core values:
Commitment to Professionalism
Excellence in the Details
Meaningful Work, and Positive Relationships (with customers, staff, trades, and suppliers)
Kitchen & Bath Specialists
With this in mind, our business was inspired. We wanted to build a successful renovation company. So we did everything we could to make that happen. Marc even decided to go back to BCIT and get a degree in business administration. He would then apply everything he learned from that into running a successful construction business.
For the next 15 years, Marc helped build the business while working as a tradesperson along with many others including his younger brother Cory Fabbro. It involved long days on sites and many late nights with weekend work. The main focus was interior renovations, but we also helped our clients with many exterior projects and repairs that needed to be done. As time went on we became specialists in home additions, kitchen and bathroom renovations, with a large portion of our business involving whole house projects. Many of our customers purchased existing homes and condos, and we would go in and make them new again!
As the business grew Marc became primarily involved in the operation of the business starting in 2008, and in 2018 became a certified kitchen and bathroom designer, and 2019 CLIPP (Certified Living in Place Professional).
Creating the best places to call home goes beyond the high-quality homes we build and renovate for customers. To us, it’s also about developing sustainable communities that truly make a difference in people’s lives, no matter what stage of life they are in. Together, we build special places where people live their best lives, connect with neighbours, and take advantage of all the amenities outside their front door.