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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When creating 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 seized upon the opportunity to develop a relaxing, rural escape that involves nature while featuring simple modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
During the building process, Page turned to his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that maintained the optimal balance between nature and design. The professionals at Pella worked with Page to create 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 acclaim, including a piece in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his impressions about the process of designing 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 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 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 frequently visits, and now and then a bald eagle will fish the pond. The deer act like 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 picked 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 elongate as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is nearly fully glazed, and includes the custom grilles, which reflect the geometries of the gable form.”

Custom home with contemporary decorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

On including Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella before, and have always had pleasant experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have strong durability. In this project, I went with the Architect Series because it brings a minimal style that fit very well with the look 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 develop custom window grilles:

“It was a very smooth process working with the team at Pella to create the grilles the way I intended. I gave them drawings of the layouts, and was provided shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their building. It created some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the end 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 a featured role in this attention-grabbing architectural piece. While your remodel might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can rely on Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will turn heads—thanks to their beautiful design. And you’ll know that the strength and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be there for years to come.

Begin the journey toward a distinctive home design project by getting in touch with a Pella professional today!

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