Billie Faiers checks on progress at her £1.4m dream Essex home

Billie Faiers checks on progress at her and Greg Shepherd’s £1.4m dream home as team of builders continue with renovations a year after work first started on Essex mansion

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They bought the site of their dream home nearly two years ago.

And on Wednesday Billie Faiers arrived to check on progress on her Brentwood, Essex mansion, a year after builders first started renovating the 1920s property.

The Mummy Diaries star, 31, was spotted inspecting the top floor of the sprawling mansion, while a team of builders continued working.

Dream house: Billie Faiers arrived to check on progress on her Brentwood, Essex mansion on Wednesday, a year after builders first started renovating the 1920s property

Dressed down in sweats and carrying a notepad, the mum of two carefully made her way out of the front door and along the unpaved drive to her car.

The grounds of the vast mansion have yet to be landscaped, while tiling work is still being carried out on the dug-out pool. Diggers are in the garden, excavating the dirt to prepare for the lawn to be laid.  

Only a small amount of scaffolding remains on the back of the house to allow the finishing touches to be applied to the white painted exterior walls.

Work began on the house in January 2021 following months of delays due to planning rows with their new neighbours.   

Still going: The grounds of the vast mansion have yet to be landscaped, while tiling work is still being carried out on the dug-out pool. Diggers are in the garden, excavating the dirt to prepare for the lawn to be laid

Still going: The grounds of the vast mansion have yet to be landscaped, while tiling work is still being carried out on the dug-out pool. Diggers are in the garden, excavating the dirt to prepare for the lawn to be laid

Project manager mode: Dressed down in sweats and carrying a notepad, the mum of two carefully made her way out of the front door and though the unpaved drive to her car

Watch your step! Billie was forced to jump onto a board to make her way across the unfinished drive

Project manager mode: Dressed down in sweats and carrying a notepad, the mum of two carefully made her way out of the front door and though the unpaved drive to her car

Last year, Billie, 31, admitted she’s not speaking to the neighbours at her new property in Brentwood, after they opposed the couple’s plans to demolish the original rundown house and replace it with a five-bed palace.

Bridges haven’t been built since they won planning permission in August 2020 with Billie saying: ‘We’ve not seen anyone. But it’s just not a great start, is it?’ She continued of the home, which was constructed in the 1920s: ‘The house is so old, whoever was going to buy it was going to have to renovate. 

‘There’s only one neighbour to the side of us and he had a lot of reasons as to why he didn’t want us to go ahead, but it was getting a bit silly in the end. It’s been a very long journey already and it’s about to get even more pressurised once the builders start work.’

Massive project: The grounds of the mansion are strewn with debris while multiple builders' vans are parked up

Massive project: The grounds of the mansion are strewn with debris while multiple builders’ vans are parked up

Stressful project: Last year, Billie, 31, admitted she’s not speaking to the neighbours at her new property in Brentwood

Not friends yet: Neighbours opposed the couple's plans to demolish the original rundown house and replace it with a five-bed palace

Stressful project: Last year, Billie, 31, admitted she’s not speaking to the neighbours at her new property in Brentwood, after they opposed the couple’s plans to demolish the original rundown house and replace it with a five-bed palace

Moving day soon? Work began on the house in January 2021 following months of delays due to planning rows with their new neighbours

Moving day soon? Work began on the house in January 2021 following months of delays due to planning rows with their new neighbours

According to the planning application, all five bedrooms will be on the first floor with the en-suite master bedroom having a huge dressing room. Three of the other en-suite bedrooms will have walk-in wardrobes.

Greg, 35, has been allowed to add a ‘man cave’, converting the original garage into a gym and games room, and there will be a play room for their two children.

They’re also adding a two-storey side extension, single extensions to the front and rear, and completely re-landscaping the outside space. 

Billie admitted in March she wouldn’t have bought the abode if she knew the ‘headache’ it would be.

Family home: Billie will be moving into the house with husband Greg Shepherd and their children Nellie, seven and Arthur, four (pictured on a family holiday to the Maldives in December)

Family home: Billie will be moving into the house with husband Greg Shepherd and their children Nellie, seven and Arthur, four (pictured on a family holiday to the Maldives in December)

Nearly there? Only a small amount of scaffolding remains on the back of the house to allow the finishing touches to be applied to the white painted exterior walls

Nearly there? Only a small amount of scaffolding remains on the back of the house to allow the finishing touches to be applied to the white painted exterior walls 

She said: ‘Now someone else has also said to us that we should probably think about knocking the house down and start all over again it’s just becoming one thing after another.

‘We’re nearly a year in now. It would have been nice to know that like six to eight months ago because if we are going to knock the house down it means we’re going to have to reapply for planning permission and start this process all over again.

‘I don’t regret buying the house but if I had known it would have taken this like, like over a year to get to find a builder, I probably wouldn’t have done it because I just was so unaware of how long things take.’ 

Stress: Billie admitted in March she wouldn't have bought the abode if she knew the 'headache' it would be

Stress: Billie admitted in March she wouldn’t have bought the abode if she knew the ‘headache’ it would be

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