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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When designing a building in the middle of nature, often 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 building a family weekend getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page took advantage of the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, woody solace that involves nature while featuring sleek modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
All through the building process, Page turned to his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that maintained the right balance between nature and design. The professionals at Pella worked with Page to create 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 picturesque retreat that has drawn acclaim, including a write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his impressions 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 area is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is less than 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 currently, no owl has moved in. A blue heron often visits, and now and then a bald eagle will fish the pond. The deer act like 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 area. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the relationship between the house and the pond. The windows elongate 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 before, and have always had pleasant 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 brings a minimal style that fit very well with the look of the cabin. The thin profile and larger frames of glass look terrific!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On teaming with the Pella specialists to develop custom window grilles:

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to have the grilles the way I wanted them. I made drawings of the layouts, and was given shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their creation. It placed some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the final 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 a starring role in this breathtaking architectural creation. While your new addition might not get reported on in The New York Times, you can rely on Pella to provide you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—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.

Take the first step toward a new home design project by contacting a Pella professional today!

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