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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 case for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when designing a family weekend cabin in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page took advantage of the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, peaceful escape that leans into nature while featuring sleek modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
All through the building process, Page worked with 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 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 beautiful retreat that has drawn acclaim, including a piece in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his thoughts about the process of creating his unique 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 roughly two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is private and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone running 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 as of now, no owl has moved in. A blue heron occasionally visits, and from time to time a bald eagle will fish the pond. The deer behave as if 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 chosen to merge the building into its wooded surroundings. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the connection 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 suggest 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 positive experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella team. The aluminum-clad wood windows have strong durability. In this project, I chose the Architect Series because it has a minimal style that fit very well with the aesthetics 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 specialists to build custom window grilles:

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to have the grilles the way I wanted them. I made drawings of the layouts, and was given shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their building. It placed some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the ultimate 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 starring role in this attention-grabbing architectural design. While your remodel might not get featured in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their beautiful design. And you’ll know that the durability and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be around for years to come.

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

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