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Billie Faiers gets to grip with a digger as building work finally begins on their £1.4m Essex home

Billie Faiers channelled her inner Bob the Builder on Tuesday as the Shepherd family visited their new Essex home. 

Construction work is now under way on the £1.4m property to transform it into their dream home, more than a year after they first bought it. 

The couple were embroiled in planning rows with their new neighbours over demolishing the run-down house and replacing it with a five-bedroom property, and this forced several months of delays. 

Bob the Builder: The Mummy Diaries star, 31, appeared to be having great fun tearing down an old wooden shed

Demolition: Billie Faiers channelled her inner Bob the Builder on Tuesday as the Shepherd family visited their new Essex home

However, the family appeared in high spirits as they visited the site alongside the Mummy Diaries camera crew and Billie’s mum Susie Wells. 

Greg and their son Arthur, three, appeared in their element as they donned builders’ hats and personalised green high-vis jackets, while Billie, 31, and Nelly, six, sported the hot pink version. 

Billie couldn’t resist having a go in the digger and was filmed tearing down an old wooden shed on the property.  

Lengthy process: The couple were embroiled in planning rows with their new neighbours over demolishing the run-down house and replacing it with a five-bedroom property, and this forced several months of delays

Lengthy process: The couple were embroiled in planning rows with their new neighbours over demolishing the run-down house and replacing it with a five-bedroom property, and this forced several months of delays

The planned result: A rendition of how the luxe property will look once the year-long project is completed has been unveiled

The planned result: A rendition of how the luxe property will look once the year-long project is completed has been unveiled

needs work: The home is currently in rundown condition

Grand makeover: The couple plan to turn it into a luxury modern abode

Grand makeover: The home is currently in rundown condition (left), but the couple plan to turn it into a luxury modern abode

Ready, set, go! Construction work is now under way on the £1.4m property to transform it into their dream home, a year after they first bought it

Ready, set, go! Construction work is now under way on the £1.4m property to transform it into their dream home, a year after they first bought it

Project: The family appeared in high spirits as they visited the site alongside the Mummy Diaries camera crew and Billie's mum Susie Wells

Project: The family appeared in high spirits as they visited the site alongside the Mummy Diaries camera crew and Billie’s mum Susie Wells

Building work began at the end of January after planning rows with their new neighbours forced several months of delays.

The Dancing On Ice star previously 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 home.

Bridges haven’t been built since they won planning permission in August with Billie saying earlier this year: ‘We’ve not seen anyone. But it’s just not a great start, is it?’  

Casually-clad: The former TOWIE star cut a casual figure in a black jumpsuit and navy padded jacket

Mini-me: Nelly looked adorable in a cream ensemble and personalised pink jacket

Casually-clad: The former TOWIE star cut a casual figure in a black jumpsuit and navy padded jacket, while Nelly looked adorable in a cream ensemble and personalised pink jacket

In progress: Windows and part of the roof have already been removed from the property

In progress: Windows and part of the roof have already been removed from the property 

Extension renovations: Builders could be seen tearing off tiles from the roof

Extension renovations: Builders could be seen tearing off tiles from the roof 

Plenty to do: 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

Plenty to do: 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

Modern additions: 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

Modern additions: 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

No stone left unturned: They’re also adding a two-storey side extension, single extensions to the front and rear, and completely re-landscaping the outside space

No stone left unturned: They’re also adding a two-storey side extension, single extensions to the front and rear, and completely re-landscaping the outside space

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.’ 

The couple bought the four-bedroom property for £1.4 million a year ago with the hopes of constructing their own dream home.   

Like father, like son: Greg and their son Arthur, three, appeared in their element as they donned builders hats and personalised green high-vis jackets

Building site: Arthur held his dad's hand as they walked through the garden

Like father, like son: Greg and their son Arthur, three, appeared in their element as they donned builders hats and personalised green high-vis jackets

Dream home: Billie was seen talking to the camera with her beaming daughter Nelly, six

Dream home: Billie was seen talking to the camera with her beaming daughter Nelly, six

Sweet: Arthur looked adorable in his builder's hat and green jacket

Wow! The toddler pointed at the diggers as they walked through the garden

Sweet: Arthur looked adorable in his builder’s hat and green jacket 

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.

Thrilled: It comes after Billie previously told MailOnline of her delight at being able to start work on their abode, which they purchased in January of last year

Can't wait: She said: 'We're so pleased and finally got there in the end. They've estimated it'll take a year to complete the renovations, which is very long time but we all know how quick time goes nowadays'

Thrilled: It comes after Billie previously told MailOnline of her delight at being able to start work on their abode, which they purchased in January of last year

Plans: 'We're living in our current home in the moment and will stay here until the work is done,' she said

Plans: ‘We’re living in our current home in the moment and will stay here until the work is done,’ she said

Greg has excitedly announced that work was to begin, posting on his Instagram this month: ‘So finally next week after a year trying to get planning permission. Works will begin! Let’s do this! #allthegearnoidea #shepthebuilder.’  

It comes after Billie previously told MailOnline of her delight at being able to start work on their abode, which they purchased in January of last year.

She said: ‘We’re so pleased and finally got there in the end. They’ve estimated it’ll take a year to complete the renovations, which is very long time but we all know how quick time goes nowadays.

‘We’re living in our current home in the moment and will stay here until the work is done.’ 

Say cheese! The family smiled for a photo to mark the milestone

Say cheese! The family smiled for a photo to mark the milestone 

It had been reported that Greg and Billie finally received official permission from Brentwood Borough Council to convert their property into a five-bedroom luxury family home after making a number of changes and compromises.

The official notice stated that ‘in pursuance of the powers conferred on them’ the couple would be permitted to carry out specific work.

According to The Sun, this would allow them to demolish the existing garage to build a two-storey side extension.

Additionally, they would be able to demolish the existing conservatory in order to build a single-storey rear extension.  

Great news: The Mummy Diaries stars had been battling with neighbours for months over their renovations plans. However, after reducing the building by a matter of centimetres, renovations were given the green light

Doting mum: Billie gave Arthur a hug during the visit

Great news: The Mummy Diaries stars had been battling with neighbours for months over their renovations plans. However, after reducing the building by a matter of centimetres, renovations were given the green light

The luxury mansion would also be complete with an in-and-out driveway along with a single-storey front extension and landscape work.

The Mummy Diaries stars had been battling with neighbours for months over their renovations plans. However, after reducing the building by a matter of centimetres, renovations were given the green light.

Among the changes that were in the revised plan were to make the height of the planned extension 50 centimetres lower and to ensure their home is further from their neighbours.

In their latest submission, Billie and Greg are quoted as saying: ‘The planning officer confirmed that these now overcome the reasons for refusal on the original application. They therefore recommended that a revised application be submitted.’  

MailOnline contacted a representative for Billie Faiers for comment at the time.

In a previous rejection response from the council officer’s report it was written of the potential house: ‘It would be the biggest house on the street and the increase in size from the original home would not be acceptable.’

The reports also had concerns about whether the home would be sympathetic to the local area.

Now: Billie previously shared a collection of snaps to the couple's property renovation Instagram account called 'homewiththesheps' (current kitchen pictured)

Now: Billie previously shared a collection of snaps to the couple’s property renovation Instagram account called ‘homewiththesheps’ (current kitchen pictured) 

Details: Their vision includes white cabinets, marble counters and gold handles

Wow: The couple want marble counter tops with gold taps

Details: Their vision includes white cabinets, marble counters and gold handles, as well as marble counter tops with gold taps

Privacy: Among the changes that were in the revised plan were to make the height of the planned extension 50 centimetres lower and to ensure their home is further from their neighbours

Privacy: Among the changes that were in the revised plan were to make the height of the planned extension 50 centimetres lower and to ensure their home is further from their neighbours

History: It's been claimed the previous owners were granted permission to build two houses on the land, yet still, the plans for one large home were initially turned down

History: It’s been claimed the previous owners were granted permission to build two houses on the land, yet still, the plans for one large home were initially turned down

The decision notice stated: ‘The proposed extensions when combined would create a development which is excessive in terms of bulk, size, massing, roof design and siting, resulting in overly dominant additions to the existing dwelling and a substantial building out of character and appearance within its context. 

‘It would unacceptably reduce the spatial quality between properties which is characteristic of the area, to the detriment of local visual amenity.’

It’s been claimed the previous owners were granted permission to build two houses on the land, yet still, the plans for one large home were initially turned down.

The neighbours had expressed concern that the property would be too close to theirs and affect their privacy.

Billie previously admitted that the interior of the sprawling house is ‘old and dated’ and estimated that it will take the pair around a year to completely renovate it.   

Expensive: Billie previously admitted that the interior of the sprawling house is 'old and dated' and estimated that it will take the pair around a year to completely renovate it

Expensive: Billie previously admitted that the interior of the sprawling house is ‘old and dated’ and estimated that it will take the pair around a year to completely renovate it


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