Our Kitchen Sink

Our kitchen, as shown in The Half-Acre Homestead: 46 Years of Building and Gardening

Couple of things to note:

  1. I got the stainless steel sink for $100 at Caldwell Wreckers in San Francisco. I like the way it drains from both drainboards into the sink (as opposed to the lip around most sinks).
  2. Once dishes are washed and rinsed (in Rubbermaid tubs), they are put to drain in the wooden dish rack (built by Lew Lewandowski), where they stay.

There’s a 5-gallon electric hot water heater under the sink, which provides almost instant hot water.

I like being able to look out the window when doing dishes.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

7 Responses to Our Kitchen Sink

  1. Hey Lloyd,

    Just want you to know I enjoy looking at your blog, and I’m glad you’re updating it more. I don’t use social media, so blogs are a nice “old fashioned” way for me to get my pic fix.



  2. Hi Lloyd,

    What I really like is the generous amount of windows. And the windows “above” are very nice as well. Lot’s of natural light…
    I wonder how it sounds like…. rain, hail…. Do you ever have snow in your part of the world? What would a blanket of snow do on the top windows regarding the light…

    greetings from the Netherlands (last week: -15°C at night, next weekend: +18°C…)

  3. When we remodeled our kitchen, a window above the sink was one of my big wishes. I’ve had it now for 7 years and it is so nice to see the birds, the squiirrel doing their business while I do mine…

  4. that slope on both sides of the sink sure seems “handy” and well thought out. somehow, i hadnt realized (in looking at previous photos)
    your stainless counter sloped directly in to the sink. Nice.

    I (also) love the bright light/windows in your home…Plus, you have “good” things to look at out the windows. Always
    feel it is good for the soul, to have such.

  5. This sink area is so dreamy! I currently have a wire rack strung over the sink that I use as an ersatz Finnish drying cabinet but I’d like to have the dishes out of my line of site.

  6. I get daily property listings from various online real estate brokers. It’s just for fun and ’cause at heart I really am a nosy MF. The one criteria I have for any house is that it must have a window behind the sink. Don’t care how great the house is, if the sink has no window……….forget it.

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