Billie Faiers and husband Greg Shepherd's £1.4M Essex mansion nears completion as new aerial shots reveal manicured gardens and a swimming pool

Billie and Greg Shepherd’s Essex mansion renovation appears to be in the final stages by the looks of new images which show the property’s completed landscaping and swimming pool.

The renovation of their dream home has been hit with a plethora of problems since work began in January 2021, including major delays and planning rows with her new neighbours.

However it seems the home is nearly ready to move into judging by the latest snaps, revealing the completed exterior as the finishing touches are made to the interior of the lavish pad.

Almost there! Billie and Greg Shepherd's Essex mansion renovation appears to be in the final stages by the looks of new images which show the property's completed landscaping and swimming pool

Almost there! Billie and Greg Shepherd’s Essex mansion renovation appears to be in the final stages by the looks of new images which show the property’s completed landscaping and swimming pool

The photographs showed perfectly manicured lawns and a sprawling patio area which surrounds the families’ swimming pool, as well as a pergola which covers an outdoor kitchen area.

Billie and Greg’s children Nelly, eight, and Arthur, five, will also be able to enjoy the garden’s sunken trampoline.

While their garden looks ready and raring to host summer barbeques, the front of the house is still under construction, as the littered driveway currently proved to be a dumping ground for skips and storage containers.

However it will no doubt soon be as perfectly presented as the rest of the pristine estate.

Teething problems: The renovation of their dream home has been hit with a plethora of problems since work began in January 2021, including major delays and planning rows with her new neighbours (pictured Billie and Greg left)
Family home: Billie and Greg will move in with their two children Nelly, eight, and Arthur, five

Teething problems: The renovation of their dream home has been hit with a plethora of problems since work began in January 2021, including major delays and planning rows with her new neighbours (pictured Billie and Greg left)

Final steps: However it seems the home is nearly ready to move into judging by the latest snaps, revealing the completed exterior as the finishing touches are made to the interior of the lavish pad

Final steps: However it seems the home is nearly ready to move into judging by the latest snaps, revealing the completed exterior as the finishing touches are made to the interior of the lavish pad

Just days ago Billie was seen going to meet an interior designer at the property as she works out the final touches on the home, as she arrived with an arm full of papers while inspecting the progress on her 1920s property.

The family are due to move in but their house plans have been plagued with delays after it was reported that they were ‘at war’ with their neighbours over the ongoing renovations.

Last month, Billie and Greg couldn’t hide their upset after learning renovations to their dream home were 24 weeks behind schedule.

In scenes that aired during an episode of The Family Diaries, the couple were told that workmen couldn’t continue with the development until they ‘started to make decisions’ on the interior.

Wow! The photographs showed perfectly manicured lawns and a sprawling patio area which surrounds the families' swimming pool, as well as a pergola which covers an outdoor kitchen area

Wow! The photographs showed perfectly manicured lawns and a sprawling patio area which surrounds the families’ swimming pool, as well as a pergola which covers an outdoor kitchen area

Grand plans: According to the planning application, all five bedrooms will be on the first floor with the ensuite master bedroom having a huge dressing room

Grand plans: According to the planning application, all five bedrooms will be on the first floor with the ensuite master bedroom having a huge dressing room

A tale of two halves: While their garden looks ready and raring to host summer barbeques, the front of the house is still under construction, as the littered driveway currently proved to be a dumping ground for skips and storage containers

A tale of two halves: While their garden looks ready and raring to host summer barbeques, the front of the house is still under construction, as the littered driveway currently proved to be a dumping ground for skips and storage containers

Paying a visit to the property, Billie and Greg were greeted by their project manager Lee, who revealed that the renovation team were unable to carry on with work on the house until they received guidance on Billie’s plans for the interior.

Greg explained: ‘There’s no one working because we haven’t been giving them decisions.

‘This is interior and he needs to be on top of it a bit more, and he’s waiting for information from you,’ before turning to Billie.’

Noting the remaining steps in the renovations, Lee told the couple: ‘It’s basically, kitchen, utility all that we’re going to do and stairs, and then we can get everything in place and call the plasters in.’

Interior design: Just days ago Billie was seen going to meet an interior designer at the property as she works out the final touches on the home, as she arrived with an arm full of papers while inspecting the progress on her 1920s property

Interior design: Just days ago Billie was seen going to meet an interior designer at the property as she works out the final touches on the home, as she arrived with an arm full of papers while inspecting the progress on her 1920s property

As Greg asked how far behind schedule they were with renovations on the home, Lee admitted they were currently 24 weeks late.

Greg admitted: ‘Lee told us before that it was behind but it’s shocked me for him to tell me it’s 24 weeks behind, it’s been dragged out long enough and it’s time.

‘At this rate I’ll have finished the garden before you finish the interior.’

It comes after reports that Billie and Greg were allegedly ‘at war’ with their neighbours over ongoing renovations at their mansion, which began in January 2021.

Exciting! Billie and Greg's children will also be able to enjoy the garden's sunken trampoline

Exciting! Billie and Greg’s children will also be able to enjoy the garden’s sunken trampoline

Take a dip! One shot showed the covered pool which is remote control activated

Take a dip! One shot showed the covered pool which is remote control activated

The couple were said to be ‘no longer on speaking terms’ with nearby residents – before they had even moved into the property – according to The Sun.

Their relationship with their neighbours was thought to be so bad, they even reportedly splashed an eye-watering £20k on trees to maintain their territory.

Laurel trees, which conveniently grow between 15 and 35 feet tall, cost £240 each and were bought in order to keep eavesdroppers away, according to reports.

A neighbour told the council: ‘I give my response to the amended drawings for the above property which, whilst I would have liked to have had similar window treatment to bedroom 4 as that of bedroom 2, I find to be acceptable in principle.’

Nearly done: However it will no doubt soon be as perfectly presented as the rest of the pristine estate

Nearly done: However it will no doubt soon be as perfectly presented as the rest of the pristine estate



Not quite: The family are due to move in but their house plans have been plagued with delays after it was reported that they were 'at war' with their neighbours over the ongoing renovations

Not quite: The family are due to move in but their house plans have been plagued with delays after it was reported that they were ‘at war’ with their neighbours over the ongoing renovations

They went on to claim that they would ‘give their support’ if the house would ‘fit the character of the area’, adding how it would be the biggest house on the street.

In April Billie defiantly insisted she is no longer ‘at war’ with her neighbours over ongoing renovations at their lavish mansion.

But, despite Brentwood Borough Council saying the plans were too grand after the resistance from neighbours, Billie claimed she and the people living around them are now getting on ‘great’.

She told Vicky Pattison on her The Secret To podcast: ‘Keep in mind our neighbours have been great since we moved in there.

‘We have had no complaints, there’s work going on at that house as we all know for the last couple of years,’ adding that the neighbours are ‘lovely’.

Tough news: Last month, Billie and Greg couldn't hide their upset after learning renovations to their dream home were 24 weeks behind schedule

Tough news: Last month, Billie and Greg couldn’t hide their upset after learning renovations to their dream home were 24 weeks behind schedule

Big choices! In scenes that aired during an episode of The Family Diaries, the couple were told that workmen couldn't continue with the development until they 'started to make decisions' on the interior

Big choices! In scenes that aired during an episode of The Family Diaries, the couple were told that workmen couldn’t continue with the development until they ‘started to make decisions’ on the interior

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