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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When creating a building in the middle of nature, occasionally 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 building a family weekend getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page took advantage of the opportunity to create a relaxing, rural solace that leans into 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 found the optimal balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to create custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows featured in the cabin, as well as choosing French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

The result: A beautiful retreat that has drawn attention, including a write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his insights 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 location 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 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 occasionally visits, and once in a while 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 chosen to absorb the building into its wooded area. Also, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the connection 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 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. For this project, I selected the Architect Series because it has a minimal style that fit very well with the aesthetics 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 create custom window grilles:

“It was a very smooth process working with the team at Pella to get the grilles the way I intended. I provided drawings of the layouts, and was given shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their fabrication. It created some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the final result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me confident that it would be just as I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a featured role in this noteworthy architectural design. While your new addition might not get featured in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their stunning design. And you’ll know that the strength 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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