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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When designing a building in the middle of nature, occasionally 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 designing a family weekend getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page saw the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, woody escape that embraces nature while featuring elegant 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 maintained the optimal balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to build 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 gorgeous retreat that has drawn notice, including a write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his thoughts about the process of building his attention-getting home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the natural 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 removed and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone coming 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 as of now, no owl has moved in. A blue heron frequently visits, and from time to time a bald eagle will fish the pond. The deer think 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 area. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the connection between the house and the pond. The windows elongate as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is almost 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 in the past, and have always had positive experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. With this project, I chose the Architect Series because it has a minimal style that fit very well with the aesthetics of the cabin. The thin profile and larger panes of glass look great!”

Custom cabin with large windows

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

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to get the grilles the way I wanted them. I gave them drawings of the layouts, and was presented with 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 the way I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a featured role in this breathtaking 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 strength and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be part of your home for years to come.

Get started toward a distinctive home design project by getting in touch with a Pella professional today!

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