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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When designing a building in the middle of nature, occasionally it’s best to step back and highlight the beauty of its surroundings.

That was the case for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when designing a family weekend getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page saw the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, peaceful escape that embraces nature while featuring simple modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
During the building process, Page turned to his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that maintained the perfect balance between nature and design. The professionals at Pella worked with Page to build custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows featured in the cabin, as well as finding French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

The result: A picturesque retreat that has drawn acclaim, including a piece in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his insights about the process of building his attention-getting home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the natural appeal of the building site:

“The building area is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is just about two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is secluded and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone running down from the north and west sides. We added an owl box in a tree about a tenth of a mile away from the house, but so far, no owl has moved in. A blue heron frequently visits, and now and then a bald eagle will fish the pond. The deer behave as if they own the place.”

Interior of custom homePhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On integrating natural elements into the cabin’s design:

“The patinaed exterior material palette of rusted, weathering steel; blackened, rough-cut cedar; and the exposed concrete foundation plinth, which runs down toward the pond, were chosen to integrate the building into its wooded environment. Also, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the dialogue between the house and the pond. The windows elongate as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is almost fully glazed, and includes the custom grilles, which suggest the geometries of the gable form.”

Custom home with contemporary decorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

On choosing Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella in the past, and have always had good experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella professionals. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. With this project, I chose the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the look of the cabin. The thin profile and larger panes of glass look great!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On working with the Pella specialists to create custom window grilles:

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to have the grilles the way I envisioned. I provided drawings of the layouts, and was provided shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their building. It added some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the final result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me confident that it would be the way I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a starring role in this breathtaking architectural piece. While your new addition might not get featured in The New York Times, you can rely on Pella to provide you home replacement windows and doors that will impress—thanks to their well-crafted design. And you’ll know that the strength and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be part of your home for years to come.

Take the first step toward a distinctive home design project by getting in touch with a Pella professional today!

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