Susan McLaughlin

Founder & CEO

Licensed contractor Susan McLaughlin is a Virginia native who began her career in the newspaper industry and transitioned into real estate. Susan has worked with the public for the past 25 years in and around Charlottesville. In keeping with the desire to stay involved with builders and remodelers, Susan founded Cabinets By Design in 2009.

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Ernie Nichols


Ernie Nichols has been making and installing cabinets for 38 years. His knowledge and attention to detail are unmatched in this area. He is not only a woodworker, he is certified to fabricate solid surface (Corian) and laminate (Formica) counters. His practical expertise ensures that each design works before it goes into production.


Anne Weems

Lead Designer

Anne Weems has over 20 years of experience with literally thousands of designs. Her kitchens have been featured in Southern Living magazine and she has won awards at the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) show. Anne is dedicated to making your kitchen attractive and functional, economical, healthy, and accessible for those with physical challenges.

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Lisa White

Office Assistant

Upon moving here from Tidewater, we met with our builder to start our home. He recommended that we visit Cabinets by Design. So, we did.
Susan and Anne took my ideas and desires and brought them beautifully to life with their excellence in design and layout! Ernie's expertise of installation, had me ready to start cookin'! The whole experience was wonderful from start to finish and led me to join the team! I'm so very thankful!


Our Approach

We offer a free consultation and full, problem solving cabinetry design service.

You'll receive detailed layout options and photorealistic 3-dimensional renderings to ensure that you know exactly what we are building before the project ever begins.

You can choose whether you prefer us to supply cabinets for your contractor to install, or request our full, turnkey service.

Whichever way you go, we'll help you get the job done without fuss, and have fun doing it!

So, what's next?

Visit our showroom to choose your cabinet style, finish, and countertops — or call to schedule a free consultation at your home. We're waiting to help you!