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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 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 involves nature while featuring sleek modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
Throughout the building process, Page turned to his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that struck the optimal balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to build custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows included in the cabin, as well as selecting French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

The result: A picturesque retreat that has drawn attention, including a feature in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his impressions about the process of designing his country home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rural appeal of the building site:

“The building location is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is roughly two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is removed and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone running 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 currently, no owl has moved in. A blue heron occasionally 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 chosen to merge the building into its wooded area. And, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the dialogue 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 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 in the past, and have always had positive experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella team. The aluminum-clad wood windows have strong durability. With this project, I selected 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 terrific!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On working with the Pella pros to develop custom window grilles:

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

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a featured role in this noteworthy architectural creation. While your new addition might not get featured in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their stunning design. And you’ll know that the durability and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be there for years to come.

Take the first step toward a new home design project by reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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