Grand Designs Devon Lighthouse: how the saddest episode ever captured the heart of the nation

It was one of the most desolate TV moments of 2019 and very close to the hearts of those living in Devon.

In October, an episode of Grand Designs set in Croyde was called the “saddest ever” by thousands of people who watched it.

The episode of the popular show followed the largely unsuccessful situation of Edward Short who dreamed of living in his dream-inspired home on the wonderful Down End spot.

But the dream turned into a nightmare when Edward and his family massively spent over the eight-year project leaving them skimmed and the project unfinished, attracting the abuses of the locals calling it an “eyesore.”

As if that wasn’t enough, the day after the show aired Edward only spoke to Devon Live and revealed that although he hoped to finish the project, he would never be able to live in his dream house.

The extraordinary episode followed Edward and his family as the misfortune besieged the eight-year project leaving the home he was hitting unfinished and his family plunged into millions of pounds of debt.

The show also revealed that the trial had strained Edward’s personal life, leading to his separation from his wife Hazel.

However, Edward said the family returned with their two children to watch the show when it aired.

He said, “We found it a lot of fun, especially the part where Kevin McCloud went out during the hailstorm – he was really going sideways.

“I thought North Devon looked stunning, it turned out really well.

“We all knew a sad ending was coming, but this is just the journey it has been.”

Edward said he was very close to securing funding to complete the building and that work could start again later this month.

He said: “I can’t say too much at this stage, but we are close to a new financial agreement.

“All right could end by August or September of next year.”

Edward admitted that he moved away from social media since the episode aired, in part on the advice of the program producers.

He said: “We have given Facebook and Twitter a broad anchorage. People seem to go there just to tell people what they hate, luckily I have very thick skin.

“I won’t deny it, at present it is horrendous – it’s a bad punch in the eye and it’s not nice to be associated with it.

“But I’m confident I can finish it.”

Despite being the dream house he had always hoped to build, Edward said that even when Chesil Cliff House is complete, he will have to sell it.

He said, “We had a lot of fun living in that place (in the old house).

“There were days when the girls came home from school, got off the bus and we all went straight to the sea to mess in the waves or go kayaking.

“But the whole project was a horrendous strain for Hazel, I sank our family bag into this and I really feel for her. I never meant to do it.”

Although the main Grand Design project has not been completed, the smaller property – known as The Eye – was completed and presented at the end of the program.

Edward said, “It was a relief to be able to show them something that was over.

“I thought the property looked stunning in the program. It’s just such a beautiful area.”

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On last night’s show, Edward admitted that the costs of getting to this stadium reached around £ 3 million, with around £ 2 million needed to finish it.

Edward reiterated his apologies to locals who are fed up with seeing the unfinished gray point of view on the point, but also asked them to “stick.”

He said, “I know it’s a mess, and I have to fix it – but when it is over it will be fantastic.

“Judge it when it’s done.”


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