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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When creating a building in the middle of nature, occasionally it’s best to step back and highlight 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 getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page took advantage of the opportunity to develop a relaxing, rural escape that involves nature while featuring sleek 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 found the optimal balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to develop custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows featured 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 feature in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his insights about the process of creating 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 less than two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is private 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 often 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 chosen to absorb the building into its wooded surroundings. Additionally, 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 nearly fully glazed, and includes the custom grilles, which suggest 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 staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have strong durability. For this project, I went with the Architect Series because it has 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 teaming with the Pella pros 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 envisioned. I gave them drawings of the layouts, and was provided shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their fabrication. 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 certain that it would be just as I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a starring role in this noteworthy architectural piece. While your home improvement project might not get reported on in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their stunning 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.

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

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