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N.J. Timber Frame With a Floating Staircase Asks $4.5M

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Location: Cresskill, N.J.
Price: $4,500,000
The Skinny: Though this luxury timber-frame home comes complete with a bevy of environmentally friendly features, its most notable design element is without a doubt its floating steel staircase. Designed by Vulcan Sculpture Studio (whose Facebook page documents the project's construction from conception on) the staircase joins the finished cellar with the main and upper floors, where it becomes a catwalk which connects the upstairs living quarters. The industrial-strength stairs play off the exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, and reclaimed wood of the interior, which is loft-like in its abundance of unstructured space. The home's finishes—including black walnut floors, cork wood walls, and LED lighting fixtures—are all designed to make it as energy-efficient as possible, an awesome aim in principle but in execution leaves the place feeling a little rough around the edges. The exterior of the home is clad in natural slate siding, and the front door is adorned with sculptural steel pieces, also designed by Vulcan. The newly built home, which sits on a wooded Jersey lot roughly 10 miles north of Manhattan, is asking $4.5M.

22 Lambs Lane, Cresskill, N.J. [Sotheby's Realty]