Todd Leback is a Charlottesville native and began working construction in 1997. In 1999 he attended a six-month accredited course in traditional wooden boatbuilding at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Upon returning to Charlottesville he began working as a cabinetmaker. Vaneri Studio opened in 2011.
As a small shop Vaneri Studio excels in the following areas:
When you work with Vaneri Studio you will be communicating directly with the builder and installer of your vision. We do everything possible to stay in communication with the client or contractor to ensure that everything goes according to plan.
We do not have standard cabinet sizes or a limited palette of colors or wood to choose from. Every job is unique for us and designed specifically to the client’s needs. We can match any color, use virtually any wood and build cabinets to fit spaces exactly, instead of wasting space on filler strips and spacers.
Not only do we build and finish our work, but we also do our own installs. So, Vaneri Studio is with you from start to finish and we stand behind our work. If there are issues in the future we will address them for you. We also have extensive experience in the building trades, so if you don’t have a contractor we can do the work associated with cabinet installation, such as sheetrock patching, minor electrical and plumbing, painting and so forth.
Because we feel strongly about the environment and the future of our planet we use only domestic, no-added formaldehyde plywood and sustainably harvested lumber. While we can do any kind of work we specialize in veneering, which is an environmentally-friendly way of using limited resources (as well as an ancient technique that dates back to the Egyptians). In addition, we are one of the few shops in the area to finish our cabinets and furniture using a tough and durable pre-catalyzed waterborne lacquer. The finish we use is Greenguard certified and meets or exceeds both ASTM and KCMA requirements.
Comments & Reviews
I have worked with Todd Leback several times with custom pieces for my clients. He has done a wonderful job each time, with attention to detail and craftsmanship. I would highly recommend him again!
Todd did a thorough and professional job on our remodel. He built all new kitchen cabinets, the vanities for 2 bathrooms, custom closet, plus a complicated set of built-ins around two pocket doors. He listened to all our ideas, and did a great job brain-storming additional solutions. He asked the right questions, and kept us up-to-date throughout the project. There were several times when we changed gears or forgot to give him key pieces of information, and he was always very patient and easy to work with despite these challenges. The quality and detail of the finished cabinetry was very high. We highly recommend Vaneri Studio.
Todd and his craftsmen are easy to communicate with, have creative solutions to problems, produce quality product, and are fairly priced. We loved working with them and will hire them again. Todd’s team created custom cabinetry for our kitchen, a bar area in entertaining space, mudroom cubbies and closets, various doors and shutters for our home, and built-ins for our dining room. This work included spaces particular to our needs: a coffee station with pocket doors & sliding drawer, creative storage in corner cabinets, an “appliance garage” to suit the measurements of electrics we use, interesting sliding cabinets so no space is wasted, and a hidden cabinet to store valuables.
Todd was a pleasure to work with. He and his crew built all of the cabinetry and shelving for our new home. He also built some really special pieces for us—a kitchen table and bench, kitchen island, a linen cabinet and a one-of-a-kind piece that divides our entry and dining room: this piece features a huge cut-out for an etched glass panel, hidden closet, and wine storage. It sounds busy, but is clean and elegant. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Collaborated with Todd on custom cabinetry for a new home. He has a rare combination of strengths : A keen eye and sense of design, proportion and material; impeccable quality of construction and detail; respect for schedule and budget, and a true collaborative working method—he listens to and works with homeowners, designers and builders. His background in boat building shows up in his design and detailing, nothing wasted or overlooked, plus built to last. I look forward to more projects with Todd—highly recommended.
We not only LOVE the beautiful cabinets Todd Leback and Vaneri Studio made for our kitchen, we also loved working with Todd in every aspect of the process. First and foremost, Todd is a fine craftsman. His work is beautiful in every detail. Todd has an eye for design and was very helpful in making some important decisions about various aspects of the cabinet size, drawer size, placement and more. Because Todd works in stages and listens carefully to the client he is able to see what is needed and make changes as the kitchen develops. He made two beautiful cabinets that were different from our original design and they exactly what was needed in the space. We were working in a tight time-frame and Todd met every deadline he promised. Todd is clear, kind and thoughtful throughout the process. He works closely with all the other contractors. He checks and double checks. We were confident in him and trusted in his work at every step. And in addition to everything else, Todd also stayed within our budget. Todd’s work is beautiful!