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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When designing a building in the middle of nature, often 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 designing a family weekend getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page took advantage of the opportunity to develop a relaxing, woody escape that involves nature while featuring sleek modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
During the building process, Page relied on his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that struck the perfect balance between nature and design. The professionals at Pella worked with Page to create custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows featured 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 feature in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his thoughts 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 location is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is less than two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is removed and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone marching 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 currently, 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 chosen to absorb the building into its wooded area. Also, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the relationship between the house and the pond. The windows grow longer as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is nearly 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 before, and have always had positive experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella team. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. In this project, I went with the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the aesthetics of the cabin. The thin profile and larger panes of glass look great!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On designing with the Pella specialists to develop custom window grilles:

“It was a very trouble-free 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 creation. It placed some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the ultimate 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 reported on in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to provide you home replacement windows and doors that will turn heads—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 reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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