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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 drawing up a family weekend getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page seized upon the opportunity to develop a relaxing, rural solace that involves nature while featuring elegant modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
All through the building process, Page relied on his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that maintained the optimal 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 finding French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

The result: A gorgeous retreat that has drawn acclaim, including a write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his impressions about the process of designing his unique 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 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 placed 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 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 picked to integrate the building into its wooded environment. And, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the dialogue between the house and the pond. The windows grow longer as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is nearly 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 previously, 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. For this project, I selected the Architect Series because it brings 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 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 made drawings of the layouts, and was given shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their fabrication. It created some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the end result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me confident that it would be just as I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a starring role in this attention-grabbing architectural creation. While your remodel might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to provide you home replacement windows and doors that will impress—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 getting in touch with a Pella professional today!

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