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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When designing a building in the middle of nature, often 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 designing a family weekend home in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page took advantage of the opportunity to develop a relaxing, peaceful retreat that involves nature while featuring elegant modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
During the building process, Page worked with his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that found the optimal balance between nature and design. The professionals at Pella worked with Page to build custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows placed 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 acclaim, including a feature 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 rustic 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 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 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 runs down toward the pond, were selected to merge the building into its wooded surroundings. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the connection between the house and the pond. The windows elongate as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is nearly 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 including 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 remarkable durability. With this project, I chose the Architect Series because it has 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 specialists to create custom window grilles:

“It was a very smooth process working with the team at Pella to create the grilles the way I envisioned. I made drawings of the layouts, and was provided shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their fabrication. It created 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 remodel might not get reported on in The New York Times, you can rely on 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 part of your home for years to come.

Begin the journey toward a distinctive home design project by contacting a Pella professional today!

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