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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When designing a building in the middle of nature, occasionally it’s best to step back and highlight the beauty of its surroundings.

That was the case 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 develop a relaxing, woody retreat that embraces nature while featuring sleek modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
During 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 team at Pella worked with Page to develop 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 gorgeous retreat that has drawn attention, including a write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

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

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rural 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 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 occasionally visits, and once in a while 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 selected to absorb the building into its wooded area. Also, 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 play off the geometries of the gable form.”

Custom home with contemporary decorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

On choosing Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella in the past, and have always had positive experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have great durability. With 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 designing with the Pella specialists to create custom window grilles:

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to create the grilles the way I intended. I gave them drawings of the layouts, and was presented with 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 certain 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 attention-grabbing architectural creation. While your new addition might not get featured 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 strength and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be there for years to come.

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

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