Rethinking….and…A CONCLUSION!

For a while now, I have been rethinking my plan for the kitchen at the Cross House.

When I purchased the house I had no idea of where the sink was in 1894. After some sleuthing, the evidence suggested that it was, however improbably, right in front of the huge south double window. I have also come across several archival images showing sinks partially blocking windows. So, it seems this was a thing.


This sink would be period-correct for the 1894 Cross House. Is it porcelain on steel? Love the legs.


This is either slate or soapstone, trimmed out in metal. I would kill for this sink. Note the marble floor insert. Swoon. But, I think this may be too fancy for the Cross House.


This soapstone sink would be ideal. Love the legs!


A new soapstone sink. It will turn black when oiled. So, I could order something like this. I would have a higher backslash though, and a backsplash to the right (as the sink will be in a corner). I would prefer a wood drainboard (which will be over a radiator).


This is either slate or oiled soapstone. Swoon!


Previously, Michael suggested I contact Vermont Soapstone to order a custom soapstone sink. And, yesterday, I did. The price, while scary, was not actually as bad as I thought.

So — drum roll, please — I am gonna do a measured drawing of my sink, and place an order! Squee!!!!!!!!

I will still need a metal single leg, for the left side. Because the sink will be in a corner, I will not need a leg to the right.

My previous plan to do a huge island will now be reduced in scale to an island half the size. This will contain a dishwasher, and a drawer-style refrigerator and freezer.

Ross excited!




  1. Michael Bazikos on October 28, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Congratulations! I know you’ll be able to find an appropriate leg because I have seen them on Ebay. You’ll probably need a framework to attach it to but I know you know your onions, lol. You will love soapstone, it is very durable and impervious to stains. You will probably need a strong man or two to help you bring it in safely. Auf glueck!

  2. Karyn Semple on October 28, 2020 at 10:06 am

    It seems weird to put a sink blocking a window but really, those were practical times and who doesnt like a sink under a window to wash dishes with plenty of light? Or to pine away for freedom while you slave away in the kitchen lol.

  3. Seth Hoffman on October 28, 2020 at 10:22 am

    This is exciting news! It’s going to be great seeing this come together.

    And it’s also nice to support a supplier still making things like this!

  4. Mike on October 28, 2020 at 10:24 am

    I did a quick look online, and antique iron sink legs are fairly common, there are a couple on eBay that will set you back around $200 with shipping. All of the ones I see are white, and are around 24″ long. I don’t know what color you want, but since most of the sinks you seem to like are dark, I assume that a white leg might not appeal to you; the length may be an issue too. What about a wooden leg, such as you would use if building a kitchen/dining table? They are available online and at pretty much every home improvement store; they are unfinished, and the wood would hold paint much better than the iron/porcelain legs. There are many different styles, and you can cut it to the perfect length; you might even find an old dining table cheap that you could buy and take a leg from. Once painted with a high-gloss paint, it would look like an antique original…

  5. Dan V. on October 28, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Always exciting when you see your plans coming together! Enjoy the fun of plotting and planning this purchase!

  6. Mark on October 28, 2020 at 10:41 am

    you will love the soapstone look and feel. It has a warmth and texture you don’t get with granite or slate. You might check out this company. Very reasonably priced (prices are in CDN$ so even better for you). They did a great job with my kitchen a few years back.

    Stone is quarried in Quebec so is sourced ‘locally’ in North America. Much of the stone you see is imported (even if the brand might imply something different) so I’d ask about the source of the stone. The Quebec stone is richly veined and quite stunning once it is oiled.

    • Leigh on October 30, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      Québécois stones, oui! Très magnifique!

  7. Amy Zee on October 28, 2020 at 11:11 am

    The kitchen is one of my favorite rooms in the Cross house (I actually have developed a strange obsession with the pantry in particular) and I love that you have decided to do a period correct sink in the period correct place. It makes sense, if you think that electric lighting wasn’t nearly as prevalent as it is now. Lots of meal prep and cleanup are done at the sink, and you would need as much light as possible to do it. I love your island idea too, weighing in on that debate years later here…

  8. Sandra Lee on October 28, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Hi Ross!

    Love the sink plan!

    However, will it will be in front of the big south window?

    Love the large window & it let’s do much light in.

    I am happy for you if you have decided this is what you want 🙂


    Yay Ross!

  9. Brian A on October 28, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Love the sink at the window, but how will the plumbing work with the dishwasher in the island and the sink against the wall?

  10. Barb Sanford on October 28, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    I love the idea of the sink in front of the window! I will wash dishes for you in that sink anytime, because I love the view out the window. I actually like washing dishes by hand (which is good, because in my house, I *AM* the dishwasher.

  11. Dan Goodall-Williams on October 28, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Very exciting news!! Looking forward to this coming to fruition.

  12. Linda A. on October 28, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Oooh, I always wanted to get soap stone countertops from Vermont Soapstone but feared the price would be out of this stratosphere!!! I can’t wait to see what you draw up. My husband dragged home slab after slab of soapstone lab countertops from when his hospital was remodeling the lab. However they were all odd sizes and we couldn’t find a contractor who was willing to cut them down to make kitchen counters for us. So instead, he had really nice work benches in our garage!!

  13. Anthony Joseph Bianchini on October 29, 2020 at 10:14 am

    I can’t help myself: “You’ve been sinking about it.”

  14. Barbara on October 30, 2020 at 5:54 am

    Now I’m obsessed about what you will do for the stove. Ultra modern or a period piece?

    • Ross on October 30, 2020 at 9:30 am

      Modern, Barbara!

  15. Nancy Lyn McPherson on October 31, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Ross, in the day, sinks were put in front of windows so that the sunlight would shine into/on the dishes that were being washed. It was practical, because electric lighting was not yet perfected. My grandpa was a carpenter in his day and built many houses in Chapman, Kansas and a few in Abilene, Kansas as well, back in 1900s. Your ideas for the kitchen sound fantastic.

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