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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When crafting a building in the middle of nature, often it’s best to step back and underscore the beauty of its surroundings.

That was the case for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when building a family weekend cabin in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page took advantage of the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, peaceful solace that embraces nature while featuring simple 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 found the right balance between nature and design. The professionals 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 acclaim, including a write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his insights about the process of building his attention-getting home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the natural appeal of the building site:

“The building area 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 coming 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 once in a while 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 steps down toward the pond, were picked to absorb the building into its wooded surroundings. And, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the dialogue between the house and the pond. The windows elongate as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is almost 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 choosing Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella before, and have always had pleasant experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella professionals. The aluminum-clad wood windows have great durability. In this project, I went with the Architect Series because it has a minimal style that fit very well with the look of the cabin. The thin profile and larger areas of glass look terrific!”

Custom cabin with large windows

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

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to create the grilles the way I wanted them. I provided drawings of the layouts, and was presented with shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their fabrication. 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 exactly what I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a featured role in this breathtaking architectural design. While your new addition might not get featured in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will turn heads—thanks to their beautiful design. And you’ll know that the endurance and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be part of your home for years to come.

Begin the journey toward a distinctive home design project by reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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