"We reconfigured the railroad-like floor plan by splitting the bedrooms and opening up the center of the house with a kitchen and living area," says Calogero. They moved the entrance from the front to the side of the house to improve the layout and flow. The pair also gave old materials a new life in a way that mixed architectural styles. "To flood the living area with light, we installed double-hung cypress windows recycled from a St. Charles Avenue mansion," she says. "All of the doors inside and out were also recycled cypress, though they are not original to the house — vandals had stripped the house of those before we bought it," she says.