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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 cabin in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page saw the opportunity to create a relaxing, woody escape that involves nature while featuring elegant 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 found the perfect 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 finding French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

The result: A picturesque retreat that has drawn attention, including a write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his insights about the process of building his country home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rustic appeal of the building site:

“The building site 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 running 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 so far, no owl has moved in. A blue heron often visits, and now and then 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 merge the building into its wooded area. And, 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 almost 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 selecting Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella previously, and have always had pleasant experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have great durability. In this project, I went with the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the look of the cabin. The thin profile and larger panes of glass look terrific!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On working with the Pella pros to build custom window grilles:

“It was a very smooth process working with the team at Pella to get the grilles the way I intended. I made drawings of the layouts, and was provided shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their creation. It created 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 an important role in this breathtaking architectural design. While your home improvement project might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can rely on Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will impress—thanks to their stunning 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 reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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