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Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
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Who is Paul Brundell?

Marion, Iowa

When remodeler Paul Brundell took on this 1889 brick farmhouse in Marion, he understood the owners' desire to preserve its historic integrity while adding modern amenities and space. He also shared their goal of maintaining the amazing view from the home's hilltop location.

The current owner grew up in the house, moved away, came back and bought the house, explains Brundell, president and CEO of Allan Custom Homes. That familial connection forced a balancing act as Brundell and his client debated what to keep and what to rebuild. In the living room turned master bedroom, for example, the fireplace was saved because the client and his brothers had reclaimed the brick themselves when their father added the room years ago. Beautiful walnut and Douglas fir doors, custom made when the client's father put on a west addition were saved and reused, along with other similar rescues. Brundell's company spent some six months designing the work with the client and Bruggeman Design Group and about a year on construction.

The result is a combination of historic charm and conveniences like geothermal heating and cooling, radiant heat in the master bath, and extensive built-ins for a modern lifestyle. From the front door, visitors can see both aspects. In a new 1,355 square-foot west wing, the gourmet kitchen with 14-foot ceilings features an island, breakfast nook and pantry and opens to the great room with its wall of windows overlooking the view beyond. The original kitchen was gutted and transformed into a black walnut-lined study. On the west wall an extra-wide gas fireplace is backed up on an exterior patio by a wood burning fireplace for outdoor entertaining. The original dining room has a high coffered ceiling with wood-trimmed accents. Behind it is the client's father's former study, updated now for the client's wife. Next to it is the original staircase with "troll" bath under the stairs.

Upstairs, the client's boyhood room has been remodeled for his own son. The adjoining bath features clerestory windows that were part of the original attic. His daughter's bedroom retains the bow window looking south. The east addition includes five garages separated by a drive through portico. Connecting one garage to the house is a mudroom with storage lockers and window seat. Here, too, is a stairway to the elegant second-story guest suite with its majestic views to both the north and south.