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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When designing a building in the middle of nature, often 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 cabin in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page seized upon the opportunity to develop a relaxing, peaceful escape that embraces nature while featuring simple 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 perfect balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to create 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 insights 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 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 coming 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 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 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 environment. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the relationship 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 play off the geometries of the gable form.”

Custom home with contemporary decorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

On choosing 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 team. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. In this project, I chose the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the look 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 create custom window grilles:

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to get the grilles the way I envisioned. I gave them drawings of the layouts, and was presented with 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 just as I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played an important role in this breathtaking architectural piece. While your new addition might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to provide you home replacement windows and doors that will impress—thanks to their well-crafted 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 distinctive home design project by getting in touch with a Pella professional today!

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