EXCLUSIVE: The Only Way is Excavation! Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan plan to demolish new £1.3m Essex farmhouse – and build sprawling Georgian-style mega mansion
TV couple Michelle Keegan and her husband Mark Wright want to demolish their new Essex farmhouse – just three months after buying it for £1.3million.
Mark, who turned 33 on January 20, and Michelle, 32, snapped up the new four bedroom farmhouse in October.
But now the couple, who are on holiday in Jamaica, have submitted plans to knock down their new place and replace it with a sprawling Georgian-style mansion.
Mark Wright and 32-year-old Michelle Keegan snapped up this Essex farmhouse in October
The TV pair bought the property which comprises of four bedrooms and three bathrooms for £1.3 million – but now want to knock it down and replace it with a Georgian-style mansion
Mark and Michelle say the existing property including the kitchen (pictured) isn’t functional for their family needs and want to build something that they have designed themselves
The presenter and his wife, who are currently on holiday in Jamaica, want to replace the lounge and the rest of the house which is set in 0.75 acres of grounds on an exclusive road
An architect working on behalf of the TV duo have submitted plans to the council showing the design of the house they want to build which they say is a similar size to the existing one
Their new place will boast a ground floor bar, gym, TV room, study, outdoor swimming pool – and even a playroom after Mark said they are ready to start a family.
‘We say we’re going to try [for a baby] every year but something comes up with work,’ the presenter said.
‘So it’ll be Michelle filming in South Africa and then I got the job in Los Angeles – so we think, right, we’ll try next year.
‘It’ll be around December or January, we’ll talk about it and we’ll go from there.
‘With kids, I used to want three or four. But now, I’m 31, we’re not having kids any time before 32. I think we could have two or three. Twins would be great because you’re getting two out of the way at once!
Mark and Michelle looked loved up as they enjoy a holiday in Jamaica to celebrate his 33rd birthday. Mark shared this photo with the caption: ‘Happiness summed up in 1 pic’
Michelle, 32, born in Stockport, who made her name in Corrie, shared this snap of her posing on a veranda overlooking the sea in a black bikini with a white cover up skirt around her waist
‘Triplets would be even better! And if we have quadruplets we’d be laughing because we’d have them all in one go!’
Mark and Michelle seemed loved up on holiday with his family as the pair celebrated his birthday on the Caribbean island.
Taking to Instagram, he shared a sweet snap of him and Michelle sitting side by side on a boat overlooking the sea at sunset.
Michelle sported a casual beach look in a bikini and her dark hair tied in a messy knot
The couple were caught on camera laughing together while each holding a drink, and Mark captioned the shot: ‘Happiness summed up in 1 pic.
‘Living. Laughing. Loving. Jamaica you made my birthday week so special.’
Mark showed off his tan in a khaki green vest and shorts, while Michelle nailed her casual holiday look in a white strapless sundress and matching large white hairband, her dark hair tied up in a messy top knot.
Michelle then shared a snap of her posing on a veranda overlooking the sea in a black bikini with a white cover up skirt around her waist.
She captioned it: ‘Aslong as I have sun, sea and views like these im happy… oh and good food… and a cocktail, preferably a pina colada.’
The couple’s trip comes days after Michelle confirmed she was quitting her role in BBC drama Our Girl after four years.
Michelle will bow out of the hit show, which sees her play British Army medic Georgie Lane, with a final series later this year.
The Stockport-born actress has left in a bid to pursue new acting jobs and plans to spend more time at home in the UK after Mark moved back from Los Angeles last year, where he was working on US TV.
Their new home came complete with a triple garage and backs on to 4.1 acres of fields (above)
The new property has a big garden (above) and would be perfect for raising a family if, as Mark suggested two years ago, the couple are soon going to be trying for a baby
If their plans are approved, this bedroom, which is one of four, will be demolished and replaced with a home comprising of a ground floor bar, gym, TV room, study and an outdoor pool
She had previously spent several months each year filming in far-flung locations including South Africa, Nepal and Malaysia.
The couple will find out in March if they have got the go-ahead to demolish their new home bought through upmarket estate agent Savills.
Their planning agent said: ‘This new house has been carefully designed so that it is similar in area and volume to what is currently on the site.
‘The new house will sit further back on the site and will create a much more functional family dwelling for our clients.
‘The existing house has been extended several times and is not functional, therefore a new house would be a better use of the site.’
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