Room for Improvement

Pining for a clawfoot bathtub, fresh air and an office under the stairs

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Space, space, and more space! This week, six New Yorkers clued us in to their home improvement fantasies, and not surprisingly, more room topped the list for most of them.

  • Office under the stairs I would love to turn the space under the stairs into storage--or better yet: an office space! It’s the perfect depth for a desk and some storage to keep this out of the way but accessible! - Liza, Astoria, Queens
  • Room for guests I would love a second bedroom. Just that extra space to stick guests in, but then also for all sorts of things like having an office, a place for my treadmill, a place to dry clothes that don’t go in the dryer, or a place to stick all the mess in when guests drop by. A spare room would be awesome. - Miles, Midtown West
  • Patch of green What I would really love is some outdoor space. Just a bit of space where I can sit and get some fresh air! Especially during the winter months, it was tough going outside. Somedays I just didn’t feel like packing up the stroller and taking the baby out for a walk. But then I feel sluggish if I don’t get fresh air all day, for several days! - Aenya, Harlem
  • Great bathtub I want to redo my bathroom using an old clawfoot tub I got at a flea market for really cheap. My parents have been keeping it for me and they keep threatening to convert it to a flower bed or something like that. I want to redo the bath, restore that clawfoot tub and have authentic fixtures--faucet, shower, curtain rod, etc.--to go along with it. But looking at prices just for the tub alone--not even the bathroom remodel--is so not doable right now! - Kathleen, Upper East Side
  • Kitchen overhaul I would do the whole kitchen over. I hate the vinyl tile. It’s the same floor in other parts of the apartment too. The entry, the baths, the dining room. I want hardwood floors, colorful walls, and all stainless steel appliances. - Rae, Brooklyn
  • Room without a (construction) view I wish I could get rid of the scaffolding that is in front of my windows. That won’t likely ever happen, so the next step is to move. I love my apartment otherwise, but if I can find a similar place, even smaller would be okay, for similar money, I’m gone. - Seb, Queens

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