Lucy Mecklenburgh and her fiancé Ryan Thomas start renovations on their new Manchester Edwardian home

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Lucy Mecklenburgh and her fiancé Ryan Thomas have started renovations on their Manchester Edwardian home.

The former Coronation Street star Ryan, 36, purchased the property without Lucy seeing it first but the couple promised fans that they would be overhauling the home.

And Lucy, 29, has shared a glimpse of the DIY work as the pair revealed they would be splitting their time 50/50 between the Manchester property and their home in Essex.

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Sharing the progress to her 296,000 followers on her Instagram interiors account, Lucy, who shares 11-month-old Roman with Ryan, filmed her beau hacking away at the wallpaper with a chisel.

Meanwhile Lucy panned to the rest of the room which saw green patterned carpet, cream wallpaper and a large bay window with stained glass roses.

In an upstairs bedroom Lucy posted a before picture of built-in wardrobes which she described as “ugly, old and no use to us” while Ryan knocked down the cream cupboards.

And in an update, Lucy revealed the room after the carpets had been ripped up and all of the fitted wardrobes had been knocked away.

Captioning the snap, she wrote: “Not quite ready to move in yet but it’s a good start.”

Lucy also shared a picture of a traditional white fireplace with the outline of the original stained on the walls.

The TV star also made reference to Ryan’s character in Coronation Street, Jason, who was a builder, and posted a picture of Ryan holding a wallpaper steamer, captioned: “Jason is back!”

Updating followers on the progress, Ryan said: “I think one of the things I wanted to do on this house before I started was make it safe.

“The electrics are really old and as you can see by the plug sockets they are attached to the skirting board and not child-friendly for Romano so that is one of the key jobs I am getting started with before starting anything else.”

Lucy continued: “So following on from what Ryan said I think we underestimated the job just to get it to a safe, liveable.

“We initially thought we just needed a couple of weeks to paint and re-carpet because Roman is crawling and the carpet is really old and dirty and stained and there was just no way I was letting him crawl on it.”

It comes as Lucy shared the doormat of the new home and their key, captioned: Here we go!!!! @ryanthomas84 bought us a new home in Cheshire without me viewing it!
brave man haha!

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“It’s just perfect! Edwardian, tons of potential. I can’t wait to get started on the renovation!! I’ll share everything on here.”

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