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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 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 seized upon the opportunity to create a relaxing, peaceful solace that leans into nature while featuring sleek modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
Throughout 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 team at Pella worked with Page to develop 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 attention, including a write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his thoughts 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 location is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is just about 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 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 often visits, and from time to time 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 chosen to merge the building into its wooded surroundings. And, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the relationship between the house and the pond. The windows grow longer as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is nearly fully glazed, and includes the custom grilles, which suggest 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 professionals. The aluminum-clad wood windows have strong durability. In this project, I went with the Architect Series because it offers 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 staff to create custom window grilles:

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to create the grilles the way I envisioned. I provided drawings of the layouts, and was provided shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their building. It added 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 exactly what I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played an important role in this attention-grabbing architectural piece. While your home improvement project might not get featured in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to provide you home replacement windows and doors that will turn heads—thanks to their beautiful design. And you’ll know that the strength and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be there for years to come.

Take the first step toward a head-turning home design project by getting in touch with a Pella professional today!

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