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.


Lia Keyes

Marketing Manager

Lia Keyes studied interior design at the Inchbald School of Design, and communications at University of the Arts in London. Later, as the owner of a lifestyle store and design studio in Los Angeles, she completed a variety of private and corporate design projects, including the rebranding and design of a coastal eco-friendly "glamping" hotel near Santa Barbara.


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!