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The Oates family were left without cupboards, appliances or running water when a kitchen company went bust, but help was on the way...

The beautiful kitchen you see here seemed an impossible dream for Claire and Andy Oates late last year. They and their two sons - Sam, 15 and Joe, 13 - found out that the builder's contractor due to fit kitchen units at their newly built home in Dronfield had gone bust - leaving the family without cupboards, appliances or running water. It was four weeks before Christmas.

Luckily, Andy works near the premises of SKO(Sheffield Kitchen Outlet) on Carlisle Street East, so he called in at the company's showroom on the off chance that someone might be able to offer help with his domestic disaster. He spoke to SKO's owner, Stuart Hattersley, and presented him with the plans drawn up by the defunct company.

Stuart assured Andy that SKO could sort everything out, and set about improving the plans.

His team worked long hours (the fitter insisted on working until late on Christmas Eve to ensure the water was back on), and within a short time the kitchen you see here was created.

Everything was manufactured at SKO's factory, using top-quality materials. The work surfaces - which extend upwards to form splashbacks - are black granite, atop high gloss storage units that have a sleek, curved design. All the hinges on the doors and drawers are soft-close, and the handles are shapely steel.

The appliances are Neff, including an American-style fridge freezer, a steam ovven; coffee maker; oven; dishwasher and microwave oven. Next to the taps is a built-in hot tap for instant boiling water.

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The central island is also topped with black granite, and features an induction hob, stylish extractor fan, and plenty of storage space. Says Clare: "SKO were brilliant, and I recommend them wholeheartedly. They worked really hard to make sure we were all set for Christmas. The kitchen is absolutely gorgeous."