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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 highlight the beauty of its surroundings.

That was the plan 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 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 staff at Pella worked with Page to build 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 attention, including a feature 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 rural appeal of the building site:

“The building site is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is just about two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is removed 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 currently, no owl has moved in. A blue heron frequently visits, and once in a while 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 picked to merge the building into its wooded environment. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the relationship 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 suggest the geometries of the gable form.”

Custom home with contemporary decorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

On selecting Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella before, and have always had good experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella team. The aluminum-clad wood windows have great durability. For this project, I chose the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the look of the cabin. The thin profile and larger frames 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 create 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 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 attention-grabbing architectural design. While your remodel might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can rely on Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will impress—thanks to their stunning design. And you’ll know that the durability and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be there for years to come.

Take the first step toward a new home design project by reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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