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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When designing a building in the middle of nature, occasionally it’s best to step back and underscore 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 cabin in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page saw 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
 
All through the building process, Page turned to his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that struck the optimal balance between nature and design. The team at Pella worked with Page to create custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows included in the cabin, as well as choosing French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

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

Page shared his impressions about the process of creating his country home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rural 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 installed 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 frequently visits, and now and then 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 steps down toward the pond, were selected to integrate the building into its wooded surroundings. Also, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the relationship between the house and the pond. The windows extend 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 including Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella in the past, and have always had good experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have great durability. With this project, I chose the Architect Series because it has a minimal style that fit very well with the aesthetics of the cabin. The thin profile and larger areas of glass look fantastic!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On designing with the Pella staff to create 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 made drawings of the layouts, and was given shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their building. 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 certain 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 breathtaking architectural creation. While your new addition might not get featured in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to provide 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.

Begin the journey toward a distinctive home design project by reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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