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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 showcase 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 home in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page took advantage of the opportunity to create a relaxing, woody solace that leans into nature while featuring elegant modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
During 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 professionals at Pella worked with Page to develop custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows placed 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 impressions about the process of designing his attention-getting 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 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 installed 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 from time to time a bald eagle will fish the pond. The deer think 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 extends down toward the pond, were picked to absorb the building into its wooded area. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the connection between the house and the pond. The windows extend 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 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 great durability. For this project, I selected the Architect Series because it has a minimal style that fit very well with the design of the cabin. The thin profile and larger areas of glass look great!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On designing with the Pella specialists to build custom window grilles:

“It was a very trouble-free 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 fabrication. It created 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 just as I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a starring role in this attention-grabbing architectural design. While your remodel might not get reported on in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their stunning design. And you’ll know that the durability and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be part of your home for years to come.

Begin the journey toward a distinctive home design project by contacting a Pella professional today!

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