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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 plan 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 saw the opportunity to create a relaxing, peaceful solace that embraces nature while featuring sleek 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 staff at Pella worked with Page to create custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows featured 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 attention, 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 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 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 occasionally visits, and from time to time a bald eagle will fish the pond. The deer behave as if 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 chosen to merge 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 extend as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is nearly 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 including 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 team. The aluminum-clad wood windows have strong durability. With this project, I chose the Architect Series because it has a minimal style that fit very well with the aesthetics of the cabin. The thin profile and larger areas of glass look terrific!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On designing with the Pella pros to build 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 provided drawings of the layouts, and was provided 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 sure that it would be just as I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played an important role in this breathtaking architectural design. While your remodel might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can rely on Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will turn heads—thanks to their stunning design. And you’ll know that the durability and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be there for years to come.

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

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