What does it take to remodel an early 20th century home of a beloved family member? Just ask the Corliss siblings. West Virginia natives, the Corliss siblings recently gathered together to update their family’s New Martinsville home. Built in 1914, the siblings wanted to ensure that they didn't lose any of the house's historic charm and used the home renovation as a bonding activity for the entire family.

As Chad Corliss told the Exponent Telegram,

"Instead of letting it fall to the ground and letting it get worse and worse, my brother, sister and I decided we were going to do something to save it. We all had good memories there growing up. To us, there was a lot worth saving.”

Chad, along with his wife Megan, gutted the entire kitchen and bathroom, installing stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, tile, and more during evenings and weekends. The entire project served as a way to unite the entire family during family gatherings while updating the home.

"Chad recalled picking out the backsplash for the house at Christmas, a decision which quickly turned into multiple family members voting on tile samples. He said he and his siblings were grateful for all of the help and enthusiasm they received from the rest of the family...

Their collaboration resulted in major updates of appliances and hardware, but a preservation of the spirit of the home. The home had originally been built for $3,000 in 1914, according to an itemized list of the construction costs that Molly stumbled upon while cleaning out the house. The contractors had painstakingly constructed oak-beamed ceilings and a beautiful fireplace. Even as they installed high-tech appliances and modern-looking shower tile, the siblings made sure to maintain the classic beauty of the elements that were most remarkable when the home was still their aunt Ruth’s domain.”

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