Framing an Off Plumb Niche
Local pair twists the rules to make novel playhouses
Theres some new construction happening east of Sandy, but some might think the buildings arent exactly on square.
Theyre not, and thats the point. The cartoon-like playhouses are from the imagination of Bob White and his partner, Anthony Tibbits.
We were just goofing around, building one for the grandkids, White said. So we decided to give it a go, and its taking off surprisingly well. So I figured What the heck? Im 65 years old, so I might as well start over.
White spent most of his professional life selling trees from his nursery, so getting into the crazy playhouse business has been a good time. He enlisted his family friend, Tibbits, a veteran framer and finish carpenter, to design and build the houses.
To date, Bobs Custom Playhouses have built 10 of them. At a price tag of $3,500 each, theyre selling them at a steady clip.
Ive always been a conventional carpenter, and this is something different, Tibbits said. Its more artistic.
Tibbits said White came to him with the idea and he jumped on board.
So we built a couple and sold them and were really excited about it, he said.
Asked if the houses come with blueprints, White laughs.
Nope, we just eyeball them, he said. Its not easy to do. The hardest part is getting the walls to line up on the inside.
White said the houses are built using mostly recycled wood, except for the siding.Add a comment