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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When creating a building in the middle of nature, occasionally it’s best to step back and underscore the beauty of its surroundings.

That was the plan for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when building a family weekend cabin in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page took advantage of the opportunity to create a relaxing, woody escape that involves nature while featuring elegant modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
Throughout the building process, Page worked with 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 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 write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

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

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the natural 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 private and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone coming 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 so far, no owl has moved in. A blue heron often 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 surroundings. Also, 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 just about 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 selecting Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella in the past, and have always had positive experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella professionals. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. With this project, I went with the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the design 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 pros to develop custom window grilles:

“It was a very trouble-free 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 placed some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the end result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me certain 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 breathtaking architectural creation. While your new addition might not get featured in The New York Times, you can rely on Pella to provide you home replacement windows and doors that will turn heads—thanks to their stunning design. And you’ll know that the endurance and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be there for years to come.

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

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