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My Old House: 118 Stonemill Road

2:51 PM  Jun 17th, 2014
by Mickey Shuey '14

Six men spent the 2013-14 academic year living at 118 Stonemill, a Fellow house. The residence came complete with a nice front porch and a few quirks they’ve grown to love — or at least live with.

Read about the residents who lived there in 1987-88.

(Click the photo above for all 11 images.)

Situated just to the left of the main hallway, the living room is where most of the six residents of 118 Stonemill spend their time together. "It's probably one of the best-lit rooms in the whole house," one says.The laundry area, located in the hallway between the kitchen and the living room, is accessible and quirky, one resident, a fourth-year engineering major, says. He notes that the washer and dryer are nice, but a bit difficult to navigate around during load changes.These utensils are used quite often, one says. "They're not just there for decoration; we make good use of all of them when we cook," he says.Aside from the living room, the kitchen is where many of the men hang out as a group. Three know how to cook, so they make their own meals more often than getting pizza or subs delivered.Located next to the kitchen, this bedroom is perhaps the best-located of the five sleeping quarters in the house, according to one of its inhabitants. The only downside, he says, "is the amount of closet space available."One of the quirks of the Stonemill residence, one says, is the stairwell. "A few of us always hit our heads on the overhead area near the bottom," he says. "It's an odd design."As the poster on the left shows, the resident who lives in this bedroom loves Ferraris. "He probably has one of the cleanest rooms -- if not the cleanest -- in the whole house," one housemate says. "He's also got the best room, I think."There's a tripping risk for the residents, which they are reminded of whenever they enter the house's only bathroom. The upstairs hallway floor is about one-half inch lower than the bathroom floor, making for a slightly dipped ramp in the bathroom threshold. "I think we've each stubbed a toe at least once this semester," a resident says.The switch near the stairs are wired wrong, the men say. "One turns off a bedroom light, and another is for the hallway," one says. "That took some getting used to.""At some point over break, our back porch collapsed," one resident says, noting it was fixed, but wasn't flush against the house. "There's a gap there, so we don't usually spend much time back here now."

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