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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

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

That was the case for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when designing a family weekend cabin in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page seized upon the opportunity to develop a relaxing, rural solace that leans into 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 optimal balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to create 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 acclaim, including a write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his impressions about the process of creating his attention-getting home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the natural appeal of the building site:

“The building site 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 placed 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 frequently visits, and now and then 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 extends down toward the pond, were chosen to merge the building into its wooded surroundings. And, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the dialogue 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 choosing Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella before, 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. For this project, I went with the Architect Series because it has 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 teaming with the Pella specialists to develop custom window grilles:

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to create the grilles the way I intended. I provided drawings of the layouts, and was provided shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their fabrication. It created some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the ultimate result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me confident that it would be just as I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played an important role in this breathtaking architectural creation. While your new addition might not get reported on in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—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.

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

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