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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When crafting a building in the middle of nature, sometimes it’s best to step back and highlight the beauty of its surroundings.

That was the case for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when designing a family weekend home in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page saw the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, woody solace that embraces nature while featuring simple modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
During the building process, Page turned to his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that found the perfect balance between nature and design. The team at Pella worked with Page to build custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows included in the cabin, as well as finding French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

The result: A gorgeous retreat that has drawn acclaim, including a feature in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his thoughts about the process of designing 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 just about two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is removed and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone marching 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 as of now, no owl has moved in. A blue heron occasionally 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 picked to integrate the building into its wooded area. Also, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the dialogue 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 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 previously, and have always had good experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella professionals. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. For this project, I selected the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the look of the cabin. The thin profile and larger panes of glass look fantastic!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On working with the Pella staff to build 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 creation. It placed some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the end result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me sure 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 highlighted in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their beautiful design. And you’ll know that the durability and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be part of your home for years to come.

Get started toward a head-turning home design project by contacting a Pella professional today!

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