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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 situation for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when building a family weekend home in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page took advantage of the opportunity to develop a relaxing, rural escape that involves nature while featuring simple modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
During 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 professionals at Pella worked with Page to create 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 beautiful 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 designing his unique 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 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 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 steps down toward the pond, were picked to merge the building into its wooded surroundings. 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 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 professionals. The aluminum-clad wood windows have great durability. With this project, I selected the Architect Series because it offers 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 teaming with the Pella specialists to develop custom window grilles:

“It was a very trouble-free process working with the team at Pella to have the grilles the way I wanted them. I made 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 ultimate 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 an important role in this noteworthy architectural creation. While your new addition might not get reported on in The New York Times, you can rely on Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will turn heads—thanks to their stunning 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 head-turning home design project by reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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