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elkay w/ built-in ledge or create ledge by offsetting wood countertop?

I'm trying to decide between the two elkay sink models listed below:

1. Elkay Quartz Luxe 35-7/8" x 21-9/16" x 9" Single Bowl 10" Apron Farmhouse Workstation Sink w/ Perfect Drain ELXUFP362010 - this one has a built-in ledge that can be used to support cutting board, bin, etc., $1522, (this specific model also comes with strainer, flange, and drain)

2. Elkay Quartz Luxe 35-7/8" x 20-15/16" x 9" Single Bowl Farmhouse Sink w/ Perfect Drain, $1208. Sides are smooth, there is no built-in ledge.


Is built-in ledge worth the added cost (~$175 by my calculations)?

Can I achieve the same effect as ledge by offsetting the countertop so that rear top edge of smooth-side sink is exposed a little bit?

Note: my surrounding countertop (on sides and at rear) will be walnut so maybe I can't / shouldn't do the offsetting because it may cause water/wood issues?

Would this "fake" ledge I create in the rear need constant cleaning/wiping/clearing even more than built-in ledge?


Thanks!



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