Billie Faiers looks casual in brown gym wear as she checks on progress of her £1.4m Essex mansion

They saved for eight years to renovate the £1.4m lavish five-bedroom Essex mansion they bought in January last year.

And Billie Faiers cut a casual figure as she and husband Greg Shepherd paid a visit to their sprawling abode on Wednesday to check on the progress of the building work.

The TV personality, 31, dressed down in cosy brown gym wear, teaming a tan hoodie and chocolate brown leggings with a long, black padded coat. 

Checking in: Billie Faiers cut a casual figure as she and husband Greg Shepherd paid a visit to their sprawling abode on Wednesday to check on the progress of the building work

Billie added a pair of brown and white trainers to her low-key look, while tying her blonde locks back with a coordinating brown scrunchie. 

The mother-of-two, who went make-up free for the outing, looked as pleased as punch as she made her way back to her car from the house.

In her hand she carried a piece of paper, which may well be a list of projects still to do in the family home.

Both Billie and Greg, 35, seemed in good spirits during the visit, with Greg echoing his wife’s laidback look in a black hoodie, gilet and dark jeans. 

Low-key look: The TV personality, 31, dressed down in cosy brown gym wear, teaming a tan hoodie and chocolate brown leggings with a long, black padded coat

Low-key look: The TV personality, 31, dressed down in cosy brown gym wear, teaming a tan hoodie and chocolate brown leggings with a long, black padded coat

Billie and Greg have closely documented the work on their home, including in scenes on The Mummy Diaries and their new show The Family Diaries and on the dedicated Instagram page for the swanky renovation. 

The couple appeared on Lorraine last month to discuss the project, saying they’d have bought a house they could have moved straight into if they knew how much work the renovation would be.

Greg explained: ‘If I’d have known [all the work] now I’d have bought something done.’

Billie added: ‘It is a full time job and when you’re husband and wife.’

Chilled: Billie added a pair of brown and white trainers to her low-key look, while tying her blonde locks back with a coordinating brown scrunchie

Chilled: Billie added a pair of brown and white trainers to her low-key look, while tying her blonde locks back with a coordinating brown scrunchie

Off-duty style: The mother-of-two, who went make-up free for the outing, looked as pleased as punch as she made her way back to her car from the house

Cosy: Billie wrapped up warm in the longline black coat

Off-duty style: The mother-of-two, who went make-up free for the outing, looked as pleased as punch as she made her way back to her car from the house

Things to do: In her hand she carried a piece of paper, which may well be a list of projects still to do in the family home

Progress: They saved for eight years to renovate the £1.4m lavish five-bedroom Essex mansion they bought in January last year

Progress: They saved for eight years to renovate the £1.4m lavish five-bedroom Essex mansion they bought in January last year

‘The roof is finally on,’ said Greg, before Billie added: ‘It’s gonna be worth it in the end. It’s an empty shell. That’s the exciting part for me the interior’

Earlier this year, Billie 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 last year 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.

Keeping it casual: Both Billie and Greg, 35, seemed in good spirits during the visit, with Greg echoing his wife's laidback look in a black hoodie, gilet and dark jeans

Keeping it casual: Both Billie and Greg, 35, seemed in good spirits during the visit, with Greg echoing his wife’s laidback look in a black hoodie, gilet and dark jeans

Laidback: Greg also dressed down as he accompanied his wife to the building site

Laidback: Greg also dressed down as he accompanied his wife to the building site

Keeping track: Billie and Greg have closely documented the work on their home, including in scenes on The Mummy Diaries and their new show The Family Diaries and on the dedicated Instagram page for the swanky renovation

Keeping track: Billie and Greg have closely documented the work on their home, including in scenes on The Mummy Diaries and their new show The Family Diaries and on the dedicated Instagram page for the swanky renovation

‘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.’

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 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.

Hard work: The couple appeared on Lorraine last month to discuss the project, saying they'd have bought a house they could have moved straight into if they knew how much work the renovation would be

Hard work: The couple appeared on Lorraine last month to discuss the project, saying they’d have bought a house they could have moved straight into if they knew how much work the renovation would be

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