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As any of its six female residents will tell you, living in a duplex doesn't always mean there are thin walls. But chances are, at least in this house, there's only one bathroom.

My Old House: 301 Stonemill Road

7:44 AM  Oct 10th, 2012
by Mickey Shuey '14, photos by Sarah Friese '15

As any of its six female residents will tell you, living in a duplex doesn’t always mean there are thin walls. But chances are, at least in this house, there’s only one bathroom.

And read more about this old house from housemates who lived here from 1985-87.

Sure, the house does have a washer and dryer, but as one of the resident notes, "it can get sort of crammed." Instead of worrying about leaving their roommates out to dry, they placed a clothes rack by a vent."The fireplace doesn't work – that's probably a good thing – so we use the mantle for our television," says a housemate.The residents say that the stairs are a bit overwhelming, but they could be worse. Vacuuming them, however, likely presents a bit of a challenge."There's a collection of these [signs and display plates] throughout the house," says one of the women with a laugh. "It wasn't us!" She adds that they considered putting this particular "€œstairs"€ plate on the wall by the steps.One of the house's quirks is that different shapes extend from the walls, including this one, which appears to be some sort of hallway bannister or bed post."We wanted to make this feel more like home," notes one of the women. To do so, they each brought a general collection of photos, posters and other items to keep their rooms lively.The only bathroom in the house is on the second floor. Even worse, the shower stall is also "puny."Here, residents often gather at year'€™s end, each leaving their "€œmark" on a secret place in the house.The house has a lot of cupboard space, says one resident, but it's not as easy to access the good stuff if it's hiding. As a result, the women put all their favorites and necessities on a storage shelf in the corner of the kitchen.Anchors away! Those who step on the porch of 301 Stonemill will see a welcome mat that one resident says her mom shipped to her (pun intended).Life in a duplex often means a shared porch. "We're okay with that,"€ one resident says. "We like our neighbors and we live in a great location."

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