‘Saddest ever’ Grand Designs owner stressed with ‘stain of failure’ on family

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The owner of the half-built house infamously known as Grand Designs 'saddest ever' has told of the impact the doomed build has had on his family as he called it a "stain of failure".

Since appearing on Channel 4's Grand Designs with his ambitious project in October 2019, Edward Short, 52, has been through the wringer with Covid, contactors and financial stress placing the project at a bitter stalemate.

The extraordinary Chesil Cliff House is designed in the style of a lighthouse and has been sitting empty and imposing on the cliffs of Croyde, Devon for years due to development hell.

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The burden the white elephant of a house placed on Edward's personal life was also heavy as the exhausting process led him to separate from his wife Hazel.

He revealed that the project left him stressed over the "stain of failure" it could leave on his family.

He told The Sun: “Every pound that was being spent, the value was going up but at the same time, the chance of living in the house was going down,” he says. It was awful for the family because I pulled the stability rug from under them, without being able to give answers of how we were going to get out of it, other than that I had to carry on.

“I was so stressed about leaving that stain of failure on my wife and children that I was worrying a lot, I was losing sleep, but that effectively made me unable to function. So I turned that into the enemy in my mind — and I stopped. I blocked it out and focussed on clearing all the obstacles out of the way.

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“It made me stronger and much more resilient.”

The sprawling cliffside mansion has finally gone on the market for a whopping £10million, which Edward is hoping will help clear his whopping £7 millions worth of debt accrued from building the cursed mansion.

It was initially promised that the mansion would be on the market for a cool £10m by the end of 2021.

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However, this timeline never materialised due to a range of problems ranging from Covid-19 complications to difficulties with the temperature-sensitive tiling on the mansion's pool.

Pictures taken from as early as April this year show the mansion looking very much like a building site, complete with scaffolding and red tape.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Star at the time, Edward revealed that they needed everything to work in their favour in order to put the house on sale in time for summer.

He said: "The main thing that has affected it now is the tiling of the swimming pool and we need the temperature to stay above nine degrees.

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"That's the very last thing. If we do it when it is too cold it becomes a health hazard.

"After the monster years I have been on it, this doesn't really feel like a delay. I think I'm only about a month behind schedule on the finish.

"When they pull everything out of the site, I'll have to redo the driveway surface and the entrance as there are a tonne of lorries, but then that's it.

"I've been doing this build for more than 10 years – so have gone past headaches now and built a lot of resilience."

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And now that the house has finally been put on the market for all to see it's clear Edward's labour of love has been worth it.

The house will return to Grand Designs in the autumn for an update episode, and it is now on the market for £10m.

It still, however, needs flooring in some rooms, a kitchen and bathrooms.

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