Students find unique living spaces

Ryan Stone/HERALD Louisvile senior Blake Blackburn lives in a small A-frame attic room on Center Street. At 6 foot 5 inches, Blackburn’s head almost touches the ceiling of the 6-foot-6-inch room.

Lauren Arnold

Louisville senior Blake Blackburn can only stand upright in one spot in his bedroom.

Blackburn is 6-foot-5 and lives in a room with slanted ceilings on the second floor of a house he shares with three of his friends.

When he and his friends did a walkthrough of the house to decide if they wanted it, he told his friends he wanted the upstairs bedroom, he said.

“I called it as soon as we picked rooms,” Blackburn said. “I was on the outside looking in. I didn’t realize how short it was.”

Blackburn said that he isn’t in his room a lot when he isn’t sleeping, but the cramped space is easily cluttered.

“It gets hard to move around when a bunch of people are in there,” he said.

This could cause problems when Blackburn and his housemates throw parties, which they do often.

Blackburn is a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and likes living in his house because it’s close to campus and the fraternity house.

He said he has no plans of moving out of the house any time soon.

“It’s been a really good home,” Blackburn said.

Nashville junior Chase Griggs has also lived in an unusual space during college.

Instead of living in a “normal” room in the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house last year, Griggs lived in what used to be the kitchen.

“It was remodeled the semester before I moved in,” he said.

The brothers of Lambda Chi took all of the appliances out of the room and converted it into a bedroom.

The space normally used for the refrigerator was turned into a makeshift closet, with a pole stretching from the wall to the cabinet, Griggs said.

“I used the pantry for a second closet,” he said.

Griggs said the worst part about living in a former kitchen was that it was beside the front door.

“Whenever anyone would leave, they would walk right by my room and make a lot of noise,” he said.

Wilmore junior Allison Evans has an odd feature in her room. Her bookshelf opens up into a small room.

“The whole bookshelf just pulls out from the wall,” Evans said.

She said that the room seats about four people, and she uses the space to hang out and listen to music with friends.

“Sometimes I’ll go in there to draw or take a nap,” she said.

Evans said she and her two roommates usually show their visitors the room.

“Everyone’s first reaction is always, ‘Wow! That’s so cool!'” she said.