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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

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

That was the situation 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 seized upon the opportunity to develop a relaxing, peaceful solace that involves nature while featuring simple 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 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 featured in the cabin, as well as selecting French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

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

Page shared his insights about the process of building his country 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 just about two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is secluded and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone running 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 often 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 runs down toward the pond, were picked to integrate the building into its wooded environment. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the connection between the house and the pond. The windows extend 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 including Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella previously, and have always had good experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella team. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. In this project, I chose the Architect Series because it offers 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 teaming with the Pella pros to create custom window grilles:

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to get the grilles the way I intended. I provided drawings of the layouts, and was provided shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their building. It added 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 just as I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a featured role in this breathtaking architectural creation. While your new addition might not get reported on in The New York Times, you can rely on Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their well-crafted design. And you’ll know that the strength and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be around for years to come.

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

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