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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When crafting a building in the middle of nature, often it’s best to step back and showcase 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 cabin in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page saw the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, peaceful solace that embraces nature while featuring simple modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
All through 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 professionals at Pella worked with Page to develop 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 beautiful retreat that has drawn notice, including a piece 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 area 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 currently, no owl has moved in. A blue heron often visits, and from time to time 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 extends 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 connection between the house and the pond. The windows grow longer 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 selecting Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella before, and have always had good experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. In this project, I chose the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the look 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 staff 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 provided drawings of the layouts, and was provided shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their creation. It added some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the final result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me certain that it would be exactly what 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 new addition might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will turn heads—thanks to their stunning design. And you’ll know that the strength and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be around for years to come.

Get started toward a head-turning home design project by reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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