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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 plan for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when building a family weekend getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page seized upon the opportunity to create a relaxing, rural retreat that embraces nature while featuring simple 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 maintained the perfect balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to build custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows featured 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 notice, including a feature in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his insights about the process of designing 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 secluded and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone coming 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 currently, no owl has moved in. A blue heron frequently visits, and once in a while 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 steps 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 grow longer 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 selecting Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella before, and have always had positive experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella professionals. The aluminum-clad wood windows have strong durability. For this project, I went with the Architect Series because it brings a minimal style that fit very well with the aesthetics of the cabin. The thin profile and larger frames of glass look fantastic!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On teaming with the Pella pros to create custom window grilles:

“It was a very smooth process working with the team at Pella to have the grilles the way I envisioned. I provided drawings of the layouts, and was presented with shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their building. It added some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the final 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 a featured role in this noteworthy architectural design. While your new addition might not get reported on in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to provide you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their well-crafted design. And you’ll know that the endurance and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be there for years to come.

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

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