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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When creating 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 drawing up a family weekend getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page seized upon the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, woody escape that embraces nature while featuring sleek modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
Throughout the building process, Page worked with his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that struck the optimal 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 finding French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

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

Page shared his insights about the process of creating his country 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 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 currently, no owl has moved in. A blue heron frequently visits, and once in a while 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 picked to integrate the building into its wooded area. And, 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 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 good experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella team. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. In 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 areas of glass look fantastic!”

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 trouble-free 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 fabrication. 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 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 design. While your new addition might not get featured in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will turn heads—thanks to their well-crafted design. And you’ll know that the strength and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be part of your home for years to come.

Get started toward a new home design project by contacting a Pella professional today!

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