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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When crafting a building in the middle of nature, occasionally 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 drawing up a family weekend getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page took advantage of the opportunity to create a relaxing, rural solace that embraces 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 found the optimal balance between nature and design. The team at Pella worked with Page to create custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows featured in the cabin, as well as choosing French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

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

Page shared his thoughts 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 site is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is roughly 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 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 frequently visits, and now and then 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 runs down toward the pond, were selected to absorb the building into its wooded area. Additionally, 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 reflect 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 pleasant experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella team. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. In this project, I went with 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 fantastic!”

Custom cabin with large windows

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

“It was a very smooth process working with the team at Pella to create the grilles the way I envisioned. I made drawings of the layouts, and was presented with shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their creation. It created 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 just as I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played an important role in this attention-grabbing architectural creation. While your new addition might not get featured in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to provide you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their well-crafted design. And you’ll know that the durability and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be around for years to come.

Take the first step toward a distinctive home design project by contacting a Pella professional today!

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