Stone Farm House Sink

Stone Farm House Sink

Farm house sinks have evolved over time.  The earliest farm houses did not have running water and any cabinets in the kitchen would be more like furniture than the built-ins we have today.  A kitchen sink was usually placed next to a window to allow water to be poured into the sink from the outside.  In America, sinks were initially made of stone or lead lined wood, copper, or ceramic, then eventually were made of enameled metal and then stainless steel.

Below is a photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey taken in 1939 of a Shaker canning sink.  More of a stand alone element in the kitchen, it served them well in their task of preserving the harvest.

Modern farm sinks allow the user to be as close as possible to the sink bowl (compared to a conventional sink set into or on top of a countertop), and at the same time provides a waterproof front in case there are minor splash overs.

Shaker Canning Sink

Shaker Canning Sink

Farm House Sink

Farm House Sink

Sink in Green Cabinets

Sink in Green Cabinets

Copper Sink

Copper Sink

Sink with Marble Counters

Sink with Marble Counters

White Sink Blue Cabinets

White Sink Blue Cabinets

 

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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4 Comments

  1. Kelly October 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    The Shaker Canning Sink is the ultimate sink! It would fit everything in there.

  2. James Crisp October 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    You just need to build a kitchen big enough to hold it.

  3. Laura November 6, 2014 at 8:51 am

    The tile backsplash in the photo, “white sink blue cabinets,” is the loveliest I’ve ever seen. could you share the source, please?

  4. Maureen November 20, 2014 at 1:38 am

    The kitchen with the green, white and wood cabinets is kind of perfect….Beautiful!

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