Living in 600 Square Feet: Designer Glenn Ban’s Refined East Hamptons Cottage

While browsing through Laura Fenton’s exciting new book, The little book of little life, we were delighted to see the compact house East Hamptons by designer Glenn Ban presented. Julie wrote about her Provincetown cottage a few years ago, and it remains one of our favorite beach houses that we have covered on our site.

No surprise, Glenn’s Long Island Refuge, measuring just 600 square feet, is just as charming and refined. “I have always lived in smaller spaces. I connect with them. I like to see a house and its intentions, “he tells us, while admitting that” living small requires you to make choices, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative. “

No no. And this tidy little house is proof of that. Built in the early 1800s as a single room, it mainly served as a refuge for artists. Although more rooms (two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom) have been added in recent years, it remains a humble home full of character, just as Glenn prefers.

Join us for a visit.

Photograph of Weston Wells from Laura Fenton’s The little book of little life.

Glenn transformed the closed porch into a cloakroom / reading room. His affinity for a neutral palette, natural textures and vintage and antique objects is evident from the start.
Above: Glenn transformed the closed porch into a locker room / reading room. His affinity for a neutral palette, natural textures and vintage and antique objects is evident from the start.
Glenn sold this house last summer (he has since relocated to nearby Sag Harbor). Her favorite piece during her stay here, however, was this: & # 8
Above: Glenn sold this house last summer (he has since relocated to nearby Sag Harbor). However, her favorite room while living here was this: “She has wonderful natural light and has allowed me to create a comfortable place to read or just drop towels after the beach.”
The plywood daybed inspired by Donald Judd was built for his old house but fits perfectly here. Above, a photo of a Cape Cod beach by his friend Barry Balczun.
Above: The plywood daybed inspired by Donald Judd was built for his old house but fits perfectly here. Above, a photo of a Cape Cod beach by his friend Barry Balczun.
Another favorite feature: the wooden ceiling beams in the living room, the original & # 8
Above: Another favorite feature: the exposed beams on the ceiling in the living room, the original “single room” from the 1800s.
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Above: “I love vintage furniture and objects and I include them not only at home, but also with my clients. I think they offer a level of interest necessary to develop an interior. My favorite resources are online auctions, 1stdibs, Chairish, Etsy, but I also like a good label sale, a vintage shop or a flea market. “
Two modestly sized bedrooms, almost identical in size, are right next to the main living room.
Above: Two modestly sized bedrooms, almost identical in size, are right next to the main living room.
Each bedroom is large enough for a bed and some small furniture.
Above: Each bedroom is large enough for only a bed and some small furniture.
While collections of his favorite objects and art can be found in the main living areas, the dormitories remain pleasantly serene and naked.
Above: While collections of his favorite objects and art are in the main living spaces, the dorms remain pleasantly serene and naked.
A Saarinen table in the dining room is a modern counterpoint to the old wooden chairs.
Above: A Saarinen table in the dining room is a modern counterpoint to the old wooden chairs.
The kitchen, humble and practical, remained intact.
Above: The kitchen, humble and practical, has remained intact.
Glenn brought a large bookcase for more storage in the kitchen. & # 8
Above: Glenn brought a large bookcase for more storage in the kitchen. “Play with the ladder,” he advises. “Sometimes people tend to buy furniture and things that are too small. Take a risk. Bring something a little off. This is often what a space needs. “
The exterior is clad in classic cedar shingles.
Above: The exterior is clad in classic cedar shingles.

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