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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 case 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 create a relaxing, peaceful escape that involves 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 struck the right balance between nature and design. The team at Pella worked with Page to develop custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows included 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 attention, including a feature in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his thoughts about the process of designing his country home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rustic appeal of the building site:

“The building area is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is less than 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 currently, 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 relationship between the house and the pond. The windows extend 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 pleasant experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. For this project, I selected the Architect Series because it brings a minimal style that fit very well with the design of the cabin. The thin profile and larger frames of glass look terrific!”

Custom cabin with large windows

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

“It was a very smooth process working with the team at Pella to create the grilles the way I wanted them. I made 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 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 noteworthy architectural creation. While your home improvement project might not get featured in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their beautiful 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 new home design project by getting in touch with a Pella professional today!

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