Grand Designs have seen some amazing homes built over the years, but what about the ones that were less successful? Kevin McCloud has opened up about a disastrous project from participant Ed Short, who hoped to build his dream home in Devon before it fell to ruins.
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Speaking to Stuff about the project that went horribly wrong, Kevin said: "That was an amazing story – things just spiralled. Many people reacted to it and thought we were (spinning) a moral tale. But we didn’t set out to push a moral tale. The build was supposed to be a beautiful folly.
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"I already happened to know the architect, and it was a great location with a great group of people. It was all fitting into place. But when it did spiral, it went very badly wrong.
"Ed is now continuing the build, despite racking up a huge debt. Speaking about the property at the time, he said: "If there is one huge guilt I have over everything, it's the impact on my family. I have to take it on the chin – my... vanity has probably collapsed the marriage. That's the truth."
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The home was abandoned after the project went over budget
Work started again on the site in April this year, with Ed telling Devon Live: "We have started on remedial works which will continue for a while. Most work I suspect will be next year. Remedial works are repairing any damage caused by the weather. So all wood must be replaced and some windows. Nothing is guaranteed but I hope to finish next year."
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