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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When crafting a building in the middle of nature, occasionally it’s best to step back and highlight 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, rural escape that leans into nature while featuring elegant 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 struck the right balance between nature and design. The professionals at Pella worked with Page to build custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows included in the cabin, as well as finding French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

The result: A picturesque retreat that has drawn acclaim, including a piece in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his thoughts about the process of designing his attention-getting 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 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 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 currently, no owl has moved in. A blue heron frequently 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 extends down toward the pond, were selected to integrate the building into its wooded environment. And, 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 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 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 went with the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the aesthetics of the cabin. The thin profile and larger areas of glass look fantastic!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On designing with the Pella pros to develop custom window grilles:

“It was a very smooth 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 building. It placed 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 an important role in this breathtaking architectural piece. While your new addition might not get featured in The New York Times, you can rely on Pella to provide you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their well-crafted design. And you’ll know that the strength and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be around for years to come.

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

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