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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 showcase 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 took advantage of the opportunity to create a relaxing, peaceful escape that involves nature while featuring elegant modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
During 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 develop custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows featured in the cabin, as well as finding French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

The result: A beautiful retreat that has drawn acclaim, including a feature in The New York Times real estate section.

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

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the natural 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 secluded and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone coming 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 so far, no owl has moved in. A blue heron frequently visits, and from time to time 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 extends down toward the pond, were picked to absorb the building into its wooded environment. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the dialogue between the house and the pond. The windows extend as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is almost 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 before, and have always had good experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella professionals. The aluminum-clad wood windows have great durability. In this project, I went with the Architect Series because it has 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 specialists to build custom window grilles:

“It was a very smooth process working with the team at Pella to create the grilles the way I intended. I made drawings of the layouts, and was presented with shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their building. It added 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 the way I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a featured role in this breathtaking architectural creation. 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 turn heads—thanks to their stunning design. And you’ll know that the endurance and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be part of your home for years to come.

Take the first step toward a distinctive home design project by contacting a Pella professional today!

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