Grand Designs 'saddest ever' property hit with MORE problems as 'cursed' owner breaks silence four years later

OWNER of a lighthouse-inspired home faces further delays four years on from the nightmare build.

Viewers labelled Edward Short's episode in the Channel 4 property show as the "saddest episode ever" after airing in 2019.

The 52-year-old faced setback after setback such as Covid and the temperature-sensitive tiling on the mansion's pool.

He has also faced a banking crisis, the fall-out from Brexit and a struggle to get materials.

Unfortunately, the pressures from the build has landed Edward in debt and also resulted in splitting from his wife.

Last year, the property was estimated guide price of ten million.

The estate agent described it as "one of the most impressive waterfront homes on the North Devon coast."

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Features of the property include five bedrooms and bathrooms, four reception rooms, a sauna, a cellar and a three-bedroom studio annexe.

He had to borrow money as the total costs were set to reach six million.

Edward told the Daily Star yesterday that it is still not completed.

He said: "It is not finished yet but it is due to go on the market in May or June so hopefully we are near the finish line.

"We all envisage it being done on time now. The temperature has to stay above nine degrees, including at night time, which it hopefully will from about now onwards. We are pretty well there. But if you tile it when it's below you lose the warranty.

"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.

"Some reports of it going on the market seemed to jump the gun and we are not sure where they came from.

"We were completely scratching our heads, but by the end of May we should be ready to go.

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

"It's nothing too bad though, also for somewhere like this, if you pick a month to market it is always better to do it in the summer.

"This touches all sorts of areas and everything has been slow. We are connected to so many products connected to Europe, the supply chain, problems with the Channel, customs, I could go on writing things that get in the way. It's a very long list and sometimes you do feel cursed by it all.

"I cannot make any plans of what I do next until it is sold – but I would be very surprised if they involved any more big-build projects. I think I need a physiatrist and help with PTSD."

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