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Grand Designs ‘sadest house ever’ owner says he’s ‘cursed’ for revealing latest setback

Chesil Cliff House in Devon has been under construction for over a decade and even appeared on Grand Designs in 2019, with its owner Edward Short saying it’s almost ready.

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The owner of an unfinished property featured in the “sadest episode ever” of Grand Designs said he felt “cursed” after further revealing the project’s delays.

Edward Short, 52, has worked at the seaside Chesil Cliff House in Devon for more than a decade, and now he says the company is almost on the market.

The property was featured on Channel 4’s popular renovation show in 2019, with viewers calling it “the saddest episode ever” after completion of construction was thwarted by a series of obstacles.

Talk to Daily Star“It’s not finished yet but it’s going to hit the market in May or June so hopefully we’re close to the finish line,” Edward said.







Edward Short and his unfinished property, pictured in 2019, previously appeared on Grand Designs
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The latest obstacle, he added, is the tiling of the swimming pool because the temperature needs to be above nine degrees.

Edwards also plans to rearrange the drive after all the carriages have cleared the property, when he is expected to be in a position to eventually open it up to auctioneers.

He added: “After the monster years I’ve been in, which doesn’t really feel like a delay, I think I’m only about a month behind schedule.







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“I’ve been doing this construction for over ten years – so now I’ve gotten over my headaches and built up a lot of resilience, though it’s not too bad though, for me. places like this, if you pick a month to put on the market it’s always better to do it in the summer.”

Over the years, the project has put a strain on Edward’s finances and personal life, causing it to be understood that he is separated from his wife and his family is deeply in debt because of rising costs.







The property, pictured in 2019, is the focus of what has been described as the ‘sadest episode ever’ of the Channel 4 show
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The pool tiling is the latest delay for the project, which has had a number of setbacks including a banking crisis and struggles to obtain materials – due to pandemic and isolation restrictions.

Edward however remained optimistic, telling the publication that the pool tiling was the “last thing” to sort out but adding to the list of delays sometimes made him feel “cursed”.







The property, pictured last year, is said to be almost ready to go to market
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Edward said swimming pool tiles are one of the last jobs to be completed
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He added that some previous reports that it would hit the market last year “seemed to have jumped the gun”, saying it would be ready to potential bidders by the end of May.

The father of two – who has worked with estate consulting firm Knight Frank – said the Devon property “can only be put on the market when it’s done.”







Edward, pictured in 2019, has said he feels ‘cursed’ by all the project delays
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The main property consists of 5 bedrooms and bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, a sauna and a cellar. There is also a three-bedroom annex as well as a double garage.

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Edward said the two properties are being split in half, with a guide price of £10 million for both. He said it would equate to around £8 million and £2 million for buildings.







The property is expected to be marketed by the end of the year
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It has been under construction for about a decade
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Edward said he had no choice but to sell the property to cover the money he had borrowed, with the total cost of the project expected to reach £6m.

A spokesperson for Knight Frank has described the property as “iconic”, and they speculated that it is expected to “gain global interest” when it is finally put on the market. school.

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