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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When designing a building in the middle of nature, sometimes 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 took advantage of the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, rural solace that leans into nature while featuring elegant modern design.

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

The result: A beautiful retreat that has drawn attention, including a write-up 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 rural 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 private 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 as of now, no owl has moved in. A blue heron occasionally visits, and once in a while a bald eagle will fish the pond. The deer act like 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 selected to absorb the building into its wooded area. And, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the dialogue 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 suggest the geometries of the gable form.”

Custom home with contemporary decorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

On selecting Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella previously, 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. In this project, I went with the Architect Series because it brings 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 teaming 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 wanted them. I made drawings of the layouts, and was provided shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their creation. It placed 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 just as I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a starring role in this attention-grabbing architectural piece. 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 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 head-turning home design project by reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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