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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When creating a building in the middle of nature, often 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 building a family weekend home in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page seized upon the opportunity to develop a relaxing, woody escape that embraces 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 found the optimal balance between nature and design. The professionals at Pella worked with Page to develop 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 gorgeous retreat that has drawn notice, including a feature in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his insights about the process of creating his unique 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 private 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 as of now, no owl has moved in. A blue heron frequently visits, and once in a while a bald eagle will fish the pond. The deer think 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 picked to merge the building into its wooded surroundings. 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 almost 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 in the past, 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. With this project, I selected the Architect Series because it brings 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 designing 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 gave them drawings of the layouts, and was presented with shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their fabrication. It created some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the ultimate 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 attention-grabbing architectural design. While your home improvement project might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will impress—thanks to their beautiful design. And you’ll know that the endurance and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be part of your home for years to come.

Get started toward a distinctive home design project by reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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