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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 underscore the beauty of its surroundings.

That was the situation 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 bring about a relaxing, rural solace that embraces nature while featuring elegant modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
During 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 develop 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 beautiful retreat that has drawn attention, including a write-up in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his impressions about the process of building his attention-getting 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 less than 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 added an owl box in a tree about a tenth of a mile away from the house, but as of now, 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 steps down toward the pond, were selected to absorb the building into its wooded surroundings. And, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the dialogue between the house and the pond. The windows grow longer as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is just about fully glazed, and includes the custom grilles, which reflect the geometries of the gable form.”

Custom home with contemporary decorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

On choosing Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella previously, and have always had positive experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have strong durability. For this project, I chose the Architect Series because it brings 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 teaming with the Pella pros to build custom window grilles:

“It was a very smooth process working with the team at Pella to have the grilles the way I envisioned. I provided drawings of the layouts, and was provided shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their creation. 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 confident that it would be just as I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a featured role in this noteworthy architectural piece. While your home improvement project might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can rely on Pella to provide you home replacement windows and doors that will inspire—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.

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

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