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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 showcase the beauty of its surroundings.

That was the case for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when drawing up a family weekend home in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page took advantage of the opportunity to develop a relaxing, peaceful escape that leans into nature while featuring elegant modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
All through 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 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 gorgeous retreat that has drawn acclaim, including a feature in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his insights about the process of building his unique home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rural appeal of the building site:

“The building site 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 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 so far, no owl has moved in. A blue heron often visits, and now and then 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 extends down toward the pond, were picked to absorb the building into its wooded environment. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the relationship between the house and the pond. The windows extend 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 choosing Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella in the past, and have always had positive experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. With this project, I chose the Architect Series because it brings 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 working with the Pella specialists to create custom window grilles:

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to get the grilles the way I envisioned. I gave them drawings of the layouts, and was presented with 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 a featured role in this breathtaking architectural design. While your remodel might not get featured in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to provide 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 there for years to come.

Take the first step toward a new home design project by reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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