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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

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

That was the plan for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when drawing up a family weekend getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page seized upon the opportunity to develop a relaxing, rural solace that embraces 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 struck the optimal balance between nature and design. The team at Pella worked with Page to develop 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 piece in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his insights about the process of designing his attention-getting 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 roughly two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is private 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 so far, no owl has moved in. A blue heron often 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 absorb the building into its wooded surroundings. Additionally, 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 nearly fully glazed, and includes the custom grilles, which reflect the geometries of the gable form.”

Custom home with contemporary decorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

On choosing Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella before, and have always had pleasant experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella professionals. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable 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 frames of glass look fantastic!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On designing with the Pella staff 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 gave them drawings of the layouts, and was given 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 sure 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 home improvement project might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will turn heads—thanks to their beautiful design. And you’ll know that the durability 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 contacting a Pella professional today!

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