Construction on Billie and Greg Shepherd’s £1.4 million Essex mansion appears to have been completed, with builders pictured leaving the site on Saturday.
The former TOWIE star, 32, and her real estate agent husband, 37, who are currently expecting their third child, bought the Brentwood property in January 2021 and have spent the past 19 months drastically renovating it.
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Wow! Construction on Billie and Greg Shepherd’s £1.4 million Essex mansion appears to be complete, with builders pictured leaving the site on Saturday
However, it has not always gone smoothly.
The renovation of her dream home has faced a plethora of problems since work started in January 2021, including major delays and scheduling squabbles with her new neighbors.
They were reported to be ‘at war’ with their neighbors over the ongoing renovations.
Last month, Billie and Greg couldn’t hide their anger after learning that the renovation of their dream home was 24 weeks behind schedule.
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In scenes aired during an episode of The Family Diaries, the couple were told workers couldn’t proceed with development until they “made decisions” about the interior.
While visiting the property, Billie and Greg were greeted by their project manager Lee, who revealed that the renovation team could not proceed with work on the house until they had received advice on Billie’s interior plans.
Greg explained, “No one is working because we haven’t given them any decisions.
“This is interior and he needs to be a bit more on top of it, and he’s waiting for information from you,” before turning to Billie.”
Noting the remaining steps in the renovation, Lee told the couple, “It’s basically kitchen, utilities, everything we’re going to do and stairs, and then we can get everything in place and get the plasters in.”
Family Home: Billie is moving into the beautiful home with husband Greg and their two children, Nellie, seven, and Arthur, four
When Greg asked how far behind schedule they were on home renovations, Lee admitted they were 24 weeks late at this point.Read:Michelle Keegan cuts a casual figure at the beach as fans notice a heartwarming detail in her snap
Greg admitted: “Lee told us before that it was over, but it shocked me that he told me it’s 24 weeks behind, it’s been dragged out long enough and it’s time.
“At this rate, I’ll finish the garden before you finish the interior.”
It comes after reports that Billie and Greg – who share children, Nellie, seven, and Arthur, four – were reportedly “at war” with their neighbors over the ongoing renovations at their mansion, which began in January 2021.
The couple would no longer be on speaking terms with local residents, according to The Sun – before they even moved into the property.
Their relationship with their neighbors was thought to be so bad, they reportedly even splashed a dazzling £20k on trees to preserve their territory.
Bay trees, which easily grow between 15 and 35 feet tall, cost £240 each and were reported to have been bought to keep eavesdroppers away.
A neighbor told the council: ‘I give my response to the amended drawings of the above building which, although I would have liked a similar window treatment to bedroom 4 as bedroom 2, I find acceptable in principle.’
They went on to claim that they would “give their support” if the house “fitted with the character of the area”, adding that it would be the largest house on the street.
Last year, Billie admitted she doesn’t talk to neighbors after they resisted the couple’s plans to demolish the original dilapidated house and replace it with a five-bed palace.
Construction work: Billie admitted in March that she wouldn’t have bought the home had she known the ‘headache’
No bridges have been built since they were granted planning permission in August 2020, with Billie saying, ‘We haven’t seen anyone. But it’s just not a good start, is it?’
She added: ‘The house is so old that whoever bought it would have to renovate it.
“There’s only one neighbor next to us and he had a lot of reasons why he didn’t want us to continue, but things got a little crazy in the end. It’s been a very long journey and it’s about to come under even more pressure as the builders get to 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 have walk-in closets.
Grand plans: According to the planning application, all five bedrooms will be on the first floor, with the en-suite master bedroom featuring a huge dressing room
Greg has been given permission to add a man cave, convert the original garage into a gym and playroom, and a playroom for their two children.
They will also add a two-storey side extension, single additions to the front and rear, and a complete redesign of the outdoor space.
Billie admitted in March that she wouldn’t have bought the home had she known the “headache.”
She said, “Now someone else has also told us that we should probably think about tearing down the house and starting all over again, it’s going to be one thing after another.
‘We are now almost a year later. It would have been nice to know that six to eight months ago, because if we’re going to demolish the house, it means we’ll 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 more than a year to find a contractor I probably wouldn’t have done it because I didn’t know how long things last.” . to take.’
Meanwhile, Billie, who is hoping for a Kardashian-style home, revealed to MailOnline: “It’s stressful because we’re juggling, like time isn’t on our side right now. We work all the time, we have two young children.
“When filming and of course renovating a house, it’s like it’s a lot and sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in a day.”
When asked what they wish they’d done differently with the build, Greg laughed, “We probably wouldn’t have done that.”
“It feels like it’s been forever,” said the blonde beauty, but is confident the whole family will “certainly” move in time to enjoy their outdoor pool this summer.
Candid: She recently said, ‘I don’t regret buying the house, but if I’d known it would have taken more than a year to find a contractor I probably wouldn’t have done it because I so unaware of how long things take’