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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 drawing up a family weekend getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page saw the opportunity to develop a relaxing, rural retreat that leans into nature while featuring elegant modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
All through the building process, Page relied on his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that struck the right balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to build custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows included in the cabin, as well as choosing French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

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

Page shared his thoughts about the process of creating his attention-getting 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 roughly two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is private 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 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 runs down toward the pond, were selected to merge the building into its wooded environment. 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 almost 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 choosing Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella previously, and have always had good experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella professionals. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. For this project, I selected the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the design of the cabin. The thin profile and larger areas of glass look great!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On working with the Pella staff to create custom window grilles:

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

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a featured role in this noteworthy architectural creation. 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 inspire—thanks to their stunning 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.

Get started toward a new home design project by getting in touch with a Pella professional today!

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