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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 plan 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 took advantage of the opportunity to develop a relaxing, peaceful escape that involves nature while featuring sleek 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 struck the perfect balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to build custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows featured 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 acclaim, including a write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his thoughts about the process of designing 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 roughly two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is secluded 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 currently, no owl has moved in. A blue heron frequently visits, and now and then 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 picked to integrate the building into its wooded area. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the relationship 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 in the past, and have always had good experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella professionals. The aluminum-clad wood windows have strong durability. With this project, I went with the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the aesthetics of the cabin. The thin profile and larger areas of glass look terrific!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On working with the Pella pros to create custom window grilles:

“It was a very smooth process working with the team at Pella to create 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 creation. It created some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the ultimate result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me sure 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 creation. While your home improvement project might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can trust 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 there for years to come.

Take the first step toward a new home design project by getting in touch with a Pella professional today!

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