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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 underscore the beauty of its surroundings.

That was the situation for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when building a family weekend cabin in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page seized upon the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, rural escape that involves nature while featuring sleek modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
During the building process, Page worked with his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that found the perfect balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to create custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows placed 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 insights 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 location is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is roughly two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is removed and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone marching down from the north and west sides. We added 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 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 steps down toward the pond, were selected to merge the building into its wooded area. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the connection 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 including Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella before, 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. 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 designing with the Pella specialists to build custom window grilles:

“It was a very smooth process working with the team at Pella to have the grilles the way I wanted them. I made 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 final result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me confident that it would be the way I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played an important role in this attention-grabbing architectural design. While your remodel might not get reported on in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will turn heads—thanks to their stunning 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 distinctive home design project by reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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