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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

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

That was the situation 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 seized upon the opportunity to create a relaxing, woody solace that leans into nature while featuring simple 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 found the perfect balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to build custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows placed in the cabin, as well as selecting French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

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

Page shared his impressions about the process of building his unique home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rustic appeal of the building site:

“The building site is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is less than two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is removed and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone running 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 so far, no owl has moved in. A blue heron often visits, and once in a while a bald eagle will fish the pond. The deer think 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 steps down toward the pond, were selected to integrate the building into its wooded environment. And, 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 play off the geometries of the gable form.”

Custom home with contemporary decorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

On including Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella previously, and have always had pleasant experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella team. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. In this project, I selected the Architect Series because it has 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 pros to build custom window grilles:

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to have the grilles the way I envisioned. I gave them drawings of the layouts, and was given shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their building. It placed some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the ultimate result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me certain 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 attention-grabbing architectural creation. While your remodel might not get featured in The New York Times, you can rely on Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will turn heads—thanks to their stunning design. And you’ll know that the durability and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be there for years to come.

Get started toward a new home design project by contacting a Pella professional today!

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