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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 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 home in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page saw the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, woody escape that involves nature while featuring simple modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
Throughout the building process, Page relied on his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that struck the right balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to create 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 notice, including a write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

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

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rustic appeal of the building site:

“The building location is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is less than 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 often visits, and now and then 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 steps down toward the pond, were chosen to integrate 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 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 choosing Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella in the past, and have always had good experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have great durability. In this project, I chose the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the design of the cabin. The thin profile and larger frames of glass look terrific!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On designing with the Pella staff to develop custom window grilles:

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to have the grilles the way I envisioned. I provided drawings of the layouts, and was given shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their building. It added some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the ultimate 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 starring role in this breathtaking architectural design. While your new addition might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can rely on Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their beautiful design. And you’ll know that the endurance 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 contacting a Pella professional today!

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