Grand Designs' Kevin McCloud reveals death of two participants during filming

The TV presenter revealed the difficulty of continuing with a project after the home owners sadly died before it was finished.

Kevin McCloud revealed the dilemma of Grand Designs projects when a death occurs. (Alamy)

Kevin McCloud has revealed the dilemma faced when a Grand Designs participant dies before the project is over.

The TV presenter - who fronts the Channel 4 property show following people's attempts to design and build their dream home - told how the difficult situation has happened on more than one occasion.

McCloud revealed in an interview with website Stuff: “We are doing a very difficult project right now. We had no idea and neither did our contributors, but the husband fell gravely ill and has passed away during the filming process, and it makes the narrative very hard to graft. Because you think where do we go [from here]?”

Kevin McCloud shows how the £1,500 cat flap in Grand Designs home works.
Kevin McCloud admitted some Grand Designs end in tragedy and bereavement. (Channel 4)

The designer also recalled the death of Nat McBride, whose widow Lucy Fairweather featured on the show in 2010.

McCloud said: “She and her young husband in their late 20s were going to build this beautiful little chalet bungalow with amazing architecture – he was a sustainability campaigner; she’s a teacher.

“On day one he announces on camera that he’s got stomach cancer.

"He passed away six months later, and we had one day’s filming in the can. And then 18 months later, Lucy rang up and said, ‘I’m going to do this by myself’, with her two children. She did it with architect Jerry Tate, who held her hand through the process, guided her through it. Sometimes you don’t know where [a situation] will go, and it can turn such a positive corner.”

Kevin McCloud arriving at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2013, at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Kevin McCloud said the sad death of Nat McBride led to a "lovey story" as his widow decided to continue his Grand Design in his memory. (Alamy)

While Grand Designs conveys so many inspiring stories, there can also be "plenty" of sad ones, where the stress of the project causes separation or divorce among couples working to achieve their dream.

Grand Designs has run for 20 series on Channel 4 since 1999.

One of the most memorable 'disaster' projects was was Chesil Cliff lighthouse in Devon.

Owner Edward Short struggled to complete the project in line with his vision, resulting in debt problems and the breakdown of his marriage.

He said: "If there's one huge guilt that I have over this, it's the impact on the family. I put her through a horrendous time with this — knocking the family home down, not building another one. I don't think it gets much worse than that for a partner. My ambition and vanity has probably collapsed the marriage."

After the multi-million pound home was finally finished, it struggled to sell.

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