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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

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

That was the situation for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when designing a family weekend cabin in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page seized upon the opportunity to create a relaxing, woody retreat that involves nature while featuring sleek 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 right balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to build custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows featured in the cabin, as well as finding French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

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

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

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the natural appeal of the building site:

“The building location is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is less than two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is secluded and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone marching down from the north and west sides. We added 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 extends down toward the pond, were chosen to absorb the building into its wooded surroundings. And, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the dialogue between the house and the pond. The windows elongate 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 positive experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella team. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. In this project, I chose the Architect Series because it has a minimal style that fit very well with the design of the cabin. The thin profile and larger areas of glass look great!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On designing with the Pella staff to develop custom window grilles:

“It was a very trouble-free process working with the team at Pella to create 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 fabrication. It placed 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 exactly what I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played an important role in this noteworthy architectural design. While your home improvement project might not get featured in The New York Times, you can rely on 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 there for years to come.

Begin the journey toward a distinctive home design project by reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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