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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 highlight the beauty of its surroundings.

That was the plan for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when building a family weekend getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page seized upon the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, woody solace that embraces nature while featuring sleek modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
During the building process, Page worked with his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that struck the perfect balance between nature and design. The team at Pella worked with Page to develop 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 write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

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

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rustic 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 private and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone running down from the north and west sides. We installed 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 occasionally 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 extends down toward the pond, were selected to merge the building into its wooded environment. And, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the connection between the house and the pond. The windows grow longer 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 choosing Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella previously, and have always had positive experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have great durability. In this project, I selected the Architect Series because it has a minimal style that fit very well with the design of the cabin. The thin profile and larger panes of glass look fantastic!”

Custom cabin with large windows

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

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

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

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

Begin the journey toward a new home design project by reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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