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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

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

That was the plan 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 saw the opportunity to bring about a relaxing, peaceful solace that embraces nature while featuring simple modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
All through the building process, Page turned to Chris Schaefer and the team at Pella Windows and Doors of Albany to find doors and windows that found the optimal balance between nature and design. The team at Pella worked with Page to build 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 picturesque retreat that has drawn notice, including a piece in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his insights about the process of designing his unique home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rustic 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 marching 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 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 steps down toward the pond, were selected to integrate the building into its wooded surroundings. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the connection between the house and the pond. The windows grow longer as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is almost fully glazed, and includes the custom grilles, which suggest the geometries of the gable form.”

Custom home with contemporary decorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

On selecting 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 team. The aluminum-clad wood windows have great durability. With this project, I selected the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the design of the cabin. The thin profile and larger areas of glass look terrific!”

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 smooth process working with the team at Pella to create the grilles the way I wanted them. I made 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 ultimate result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me confident that it would be exactly what I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a featured role in this noteworthy architectural creation. While your remodel might not get reported on in The New York Times, you can depend on Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will impress—thanks to their well-crafted 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.

Take the first step toward a new home design project by reaching out to a Pella professional today!

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