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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

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

That was the case for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when building a family weekend getaway in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page seized upon the opportunity to develop a relaxing, rural escape that involves nature while featuring sleek 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 found the optimal balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to build custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows included 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 notice, including a write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his impressions about the process of building his unique home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rural appeal of the building site:

“The building area is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is roughly 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 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 absorb the building into its wooded area. And, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the dialogue between the house and the pond. The windows elongate 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 previously, 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. For this project, I went with 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 working 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 presented with shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their creation. 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 sure that it would be exactly what I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played an important role in this breathtaking architectural piece. While your remodel might not get featured in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—thanks to their stunning design. And you’ll know that the strength and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be part of your home for years to come.

Get started toward a head-turning home design project by getting in touch with a Pella professional today!

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