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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When designing a building in the middle of nature, sometimes 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 designing a family weekend home in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page seized upon the opportunity to create a relaxing, woody solace that involves nature while featuring elegant modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
During the building process, Page worked with Chris Schaefer and the team at Pella Windows and Doors of Albany to find doors and windows that maintained the right balance between nature and design. The professionals at Pella worked with Page to create custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows placed in the cabin, as well as choosing French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

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

Page shared his impressions about the process of designing his country home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rural 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 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 once in a while 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 runs down toward the pond, were chosen to absorb the building into its wooded environment. And, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the relationship between the house and the pond. The windows extend 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 including 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 staff. The aluminum-clad wood windows have strong durability. For this project, I selected the Architect Series because it has 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 develop custom window grilles:

“It was a very trouble-free process working with the team at Pella to get the grilles the way I intended. I provided 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 final result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me certain 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 breathtaking architectural piece. While your remodel might not get reported on in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to offer you home replacement windows and doors that will impress—thanks to their beautiful design. And you’ll know that the endurance and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be around for years to come.

Get started toward a head-turning home design project by getting in touch with a Pella professional today!

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