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A man who 'destroyed his family' by spending 10 years and £6 million building an art-deco lighthouse on Grand Designs has vowed the property will finally be finished and on the market by the end of the year. 

Edward Short, 50, and his wife Hazel, from Devon, first appeared on Grand Designs in 2009 to reveal their ambitious plan to transform their 1950s home into an art-deco white lighthouse. 

In October 2019, the music industry executive appeared on the programme to reveal that the arrival of the recession, building issues and the breakdown of their marriage had left the dream in tatters, and almost a decade on, the lighthouse remains unfinished.  

Edward, who split from his wife after his dedication to the build destroyed their family, has now said he is determined to finish the project by the end of 2021, said:  'These past ten years have been a marathon slog - and I have got used to being a millionaire in debt.

Edward Short, 50, who has a life-long dream of building a lighthouse has vowed to complete the project - after being left in debt of almost £6 million and sacrificing his marriage for the build

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Edward Short, 50, who has a life-long dream of building a lighthouse has vowed to complete the project - after being left in debt of almost £6 million and sacrificing his marriage for the build

Edward first appeared on Grand Designs in 2010 to reveal their ambitious plan to transform their 1950s home into an art-deco white lighthouse - but the property remains in ruins a decade on

Edward first appeared on Grand Designs in 2010 to reveal their ambitious plan to transform their 1950s home into an art-deco white lighthouse - but the property remains in ruins a decade on 

Edward, who split from his wife after his dedication to the build destroyed their family, has now said he is determined to finish the project by the end of 2021,

Edward, who split from his wife after his dedication to the build destroyed their family, has now said he is determined to finish the project by the end of 2021,

Edward, who split from his wife after his dedication to the build destroyed their family, has now said he is determined to finish the project by the end of 2021

The self builder, who is in £6 million of debt over the build, has said the 'only way forward' is to finish the project and 'sell it'

The self builder, who is in £6 million of debt over the build, has said the 'only way forward' is to finish the project and 'sell it'

'I've accepted the only way forward is to finish and sell it.

'We had to take a few breaks to refinance because it's so expensive, but we got things things moving again last year.

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'It's a big ask but I think we'll see it on the market by the end of the year.'

The unique location at Down End Point boasts panoramic views across Croyde Bay to the north as well as to Saunton beach and Braunton Burrows to the south.

The luxury home once finished was planned to feature a huge circular tower based on a lighthouse design along with a spectacular 'glass edge' infinity swimming pool, a home cinema and a sauna and steam room

The luxury home once finished was planned to feature a huge circular tower based on a lighthouse design along with a spectacular 'glass edge' infinity swimming pool, a home cinema and a sauna and steam room

The luxury home once finished was planned to feature a huge circular tower based on a lighthouse design along with a spectacular 'glass edge' infinity swimming pool, a home cinema and a sauna and steam room.

He said: 'We're most of the way there with the building work now, and it certainly looks a lot better than it did.

'We're currently we're putting down underfloor heating, completing the driveway and adding linings to the pool.

'I have professionals currently designing the interior because you can't take shortcuts on a high-end property like this.'

Edward initially appeared on Grand Designs in 2009 with his wife Hazel when they described  their 'dream' of building their lighthouse home

Edward initially appeared on Grand Designs in 2009 with his wife Hazel when they described  their 'dream' of building their lighthouse home

Timeline of how Chesil Cliff House went from home of dreams to a nightmare 

2010:  Edward and his wife Hazel appear on Grand Designs to reveal their plan to turn their 1950s home into an art-deco white lighthouse in 18 months. Plans for the development were submitted and approved but several delays ensued. 

2012: Spiralling costs and the financial crisis puts the project on hold. 

2014: Building work finally gets underway, but is hit by delays due to the weather and financial woes.

2017: Project is halted again after the pair run out of money.  

2018: Couple apologise to local residends who complain the unfinished building is an eyesore

2019:  Edward appears on Grand Designs again, admitting that only a few rooms have been finished and that his marriage to Hazel has collapsed under the strain

2021: Building work has started again at the property and Edward says he hopes it will be finished and on the market by the ned of the year

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

'At this point, I need to spend more money to stand a chance at getting any of my money back,' he said.

Edward has previously apologised to locals who he said were fed up of seeing the unfinished grey eyesore on the point, but he also asked them to 'stick with it'.

He had told them: 'I know it's a mess, and I have to fix that - but when it is finished it will be amazing.

'Judge it when it's finished.'

The building now sports a more attractive white exterior but it's still covered in scaffolding - although Edward says that will likely be coming down soon.

He added: 'The project will have cost me £6 million in total - double what professionals originally valued.

'I had no idea it would end up costing so much but I've accepted now that I'm never going to be able to live in it because I have money I need to pay back.

'It was my overconfidence and arrogance that got me here in the first place so I'm doing what I need to do.

'Even though I'll be selling it, I'm still finding it so exciting to see this concrete skeleton finally coming together into a beautiful building.'  

In a 2019 episode of Grand Designs, Edward explained that he'd long dreamed of building a lighthouse on the cliff - but said several factors got in the way. 

'I always looked at it and thought it would be so cool to knock it down and build a lighthouse,' says Edward, speaking of how he decided to revamp their existing property. 

The couple, who lived in a fairly modest house on the clifftop (pictured) before they started the build, explained they wanted a house which would do the site 'justice'

The couple, who lived in a fairly modest house on the clifftop (pictured) before they started the build, explained they wanted a house which would do the site 'justice' 

The couple said they planned to tear down their family home and build an enormous lighthouse in it's place, costing £2.2 million and taking 18 months

The couple said they planned to tear down their family home and build an enormous

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