Daughters life in saddest ever Grand Designs home that tore family apart

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The story of the owner of the half-built house infamously known as Grand Designs "saddest ever" is well told.

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.

But what is less known is what his daughters thought about the doom-from-the-start infamous building project.

Daughters Nicole, 22, and 24-year-old Lauren had been living the house, alongside their dad – despite the housing sitting unfinished and on sale for £10 million.

But the pair appear to be loving life far more than their now-divorced parents ever did in the home.

They have been posting plenty of images of themselves in the stunning pool which overlooks the Devon coast, and plenty of selfies from inside their posh bedrooms.

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The home cost around £7 million to build, and the sisters are making full use of it.

Part of the home, known as The Eye, features a finished balcony, with a gravel-like flooring and glass panels on the edge of the cliff.

And Lauren has been lapping up the sun there, posting many images of herself enjoying a drink or simply taking in plenty of undisturbed sun.

Both sisters also posted selfies with friends in the jacuzzi, as well as what appears to be a booth game of cards on the floor.

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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."

Edward has revealed this week how he found love again after meeting mother-of-two Jalia Nambassa online.

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He told The Sun he is "completely in love" and is on "cloud nine" ahead of tying the knot next summer.

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 actually 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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