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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When designing a building in the middle of nature, occasionally it’s best to step back and highlight 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 create a relaxing, woody solace that embraces nature while featuring simple modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
Throughout 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 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 picturesque retreat that has drawn notice, including a feature in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his thoughts 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 location 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 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 often visits, and now and then 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 extends down toward the pond, were selected to integrate the building into its wooded surroundings. And, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the connection between the house and the pond. The windows elongate 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 including Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella before, and have always had pleasant experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella team. The aluminum-clad wood windows have strong durability. For this project, I chose the Architect Series because it offers a minimal style that fit very well with the design 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 staff to develop custom window grilles:

“It was a very easy 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 final result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me sure 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 noteworthy architectural design. While your remodel might not get featured 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 there for years to come.

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

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