Viewers were left disappointed as Kevin McCloud revisited Grand Designs’ infamous lighthouse which cost £7million to build in a special episode last night, with many branding it an ‘eyesore’ and a ‘waste of money’ – as even the owner’s daughters confessed they were ‘over’ the project.
Father-of-two Edward Short, 52, spent a decade building the extraordinary Chesil Cliff House, in Croyde, Devon, with the ambitious project seeing him transform his family’s 1950s home into an art-deco white lighthouse.
It featured on ‘s Grand Designs in October 2019, and was described as the ‘saddest episode ever’ by many viewers after the music industry executive revealed that the arrival of the recession, building issues and the end of his marriage to wife Hazel had left him on the edge of bankruptcy and his dream in tatters.
Edward remained adamant he would finish the design – yet his dream of an idyllic existence in the stunning cliff-top home in one of Devon’s most picturesque coastal locations was dashed and he admitted earlier last year he would be forced to sell it in the hopes of a £4million profit once it was completed at the end of 2021.
The house was finally put on the market for £10 million in July – despite not having a kitchen, bathroom, flooring or light fixtures – with Edward insisting on last night’s programme it had all been worth it.
Speaking candidly on the show, طراحی سایت در مشهد Kevin admitted to Edward he didn’t think he would see the end of the project.
‘I feel slightly embarrassed that I didn’t think you’d do it,’ he said, adding: ‘I thought venture capitalist would come in, put in their own project manager, you wouldn’t retain title and effectively, you’d be edged out.That was my fear.’
Reflecting on the project, Edward said: ‘It’s worth it because it’s finished. It wouldn’t have been worth if it hadn’t been finished, it would have been painful.’
Meanwhile, his daughters Lauren, 24, and Nicole, 22, admitted there had been times where they were ‘over’ the project.
In last night’s episode Grand Designs’ presenter Kevin McCloud travelled back to North Devon to follow up on the project, and he was impressed with the art deco lighthouse overlooking the coast.
However, audiences didn’t share his enthusiasm, with many saying they felt sad for Edward and calling his story ‘soul-destroying,’ adding that the lighthouse was unappealing to the eye.
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Channel 4 viewers were left disappointed as Kevin McCloud revisited Grand Designs’ infamous North Devon lighthouse which cost £7million to build, in a special episode last night, with many branding it an ‘eyesore’ and a ‘waste of money’
Father-of-two Edward Short, 52, spent a decade building the extraordinary Chesil Cliff House, in Croyde, Devon, with the ambitious project seeing him transform his family’s 1950s home into an art-deco white lighthouse – he said on last night’s show that if the project hadn’t been finished, it would not have been worth it and would have been ‘painful’
The house is now on the market for £10 million – despite not having a kitchen, bathroom, flooring or light fixtures – with Edward insisting it had all been worth it (pictured, a study in the property)
Ed and Hazel’s daughters, Lauren, left, 24, and Nicole, 22, right, talked about the impact the build had on their lives, admitted they had been ‘over it’
‘What an eyesore on that beautiful landscape,’ one said.
‘The sad fact of the lighthouse is he could have made something so much more humble and let the views do the talking.The lighthouse takes away from the land it sits on and swallows it up, in a tacky way. No it was not worth it,’ another said.
‘Greed. Nothing more, nothing less. My jaw dropped when he said yes after Kevin asked him if it was all worth it. No sympathy,’ another wrote.
‘He hasn’t sold it yet. And the chances of getting anything near £2m-£8m for the pair are vanishingly small.To be frank, you could get far better homes for £1m, let alone £10m. It’s soulless, windswept, impractical, overblown and will be a money pit to maintain,’ another said.
Audiences didn’t share Edward and Kevin McCloud enthusiasm for the building, with many saying they felt sad for Edward and calling his story ‘soul-destroying,’ adding that the lighthouse was unappealing to the eye
‘I am not sure what I think about this lighthouse, I want to love it, but I just don’t.Was it worth everything he went through?’ one asked.
Others said they liked the lighthouse but felt Ed’s story was sad.
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