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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When crafting a building in the middle of nature, often it’s best to step back and underscore the beauty of its surroundings.

That was the plan 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 saw the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, woody retreat that leans into nature while featuring simple modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
Throughout the building process, Page turned to 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 develop custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows placed in the cabin, as well as selecting French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

The result: A beautiful retreat that has drawn notice, including a feature in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his impressions about the process of designing his unique home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rustic appeal of the building site:

“The building area is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is just about 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 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 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 chosen to absorb 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 extend as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is just about 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 previously, and have always had pleasant experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella professionals. The aluminum-clad wood windows have great durability. With this project, I chose the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the aesthetics of the cabin. The thin profile and larger panes of glass look fantastic!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On designing with the Pella specialists to create custom window grilles:

“It was a very trouble-free process working with the team at Pella to have the grilles the way I envisioned. I made drawings of the layouts, and was presented with shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their fabrication. It created some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the end 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 noteworthy architectural piece. While your remodel might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will impress—thanks to their well-crafted design. And you’ll know that the durability and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be part of your home for years to come.

Begin the journey toward a new home design project by contacting a Pella professional today!

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