Before & After: Old Beams Meet a New Metal Staircase in a 1700s Farmhouse in New Jersey

Fuller/Overby Architecture inserts treads and railing in perforated steel, a colorful bathroom, and sleek millwork that harmonizes with the original eccentricities in a family’s new home.

From the crooked wood floors, to the hand-hewn timber frame and two-foot-thick sandstone base walls, "Nothing is quite straight in this house," says Clément, of the farmhouse he and wife Eleonora bought in 2022. Perhaps that’s to be expected, since the original portion of the house, which consisted of two rooms and a loft, was built in 1734, while the rest of it was added in 1787. The home was one of a few then built along this portion of the Hackensack River in Teaneck, New Jersey, thanks to a group of Dutch colonists moving out of nearby Manhattan.

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at