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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 underscore 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 home in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page saw the opportunity to create a relaxing, rural solace that leans into nature while featuring sleek modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
All through the building process, Page relied on his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that struck the right balance between nature and design. The professionals at Pella worked with Page to build custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows placed in the cabin, as well as choosing French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

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

Page shared his thoughts about the process of creating his unique home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rural 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 removed and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone coming down from the north and west sides. We placed an owl box in a tree about a tenth of a mile away from the house, but as of now, no owl has moved in. A blue heron often visits, and once in a while 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 absorb the building into its wooded environment. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the dialogue between the house and the pond. The windows extend as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is just about 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 previously, and have always had pleasant experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have strong durability. With this project, I selected the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the look of the cabin. The thin profile and larger areas of glass look great!”

Custom cabin with large windows

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

“It was a very trouble-free process working with the team at Pella to get the grilles the way I intended. I provided drawings of the layouts, and was given shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their building. It created some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the end 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 featured role in this noteworthy architectural creation. While your home improvement project might not get reported on in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their well-crafted design. And you’ll know that the endurance and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be there for years to come.

Take the first step toward a new home design project by contacting a Pella professional today!

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