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Framing an Off Plumb Niche

Local pair twists the rules to make novel playhouses


There’s some new construction happening east of Sandy, but some might think the buildings aren’t exactly on square.by: POST PHOTO: NEIL ZAWICKI - Anthony Tibbits generally builds straight framed houses. These days, he gets to make twisted ones, as the carpenter for Bob's Custom Playhouses, a new business in Sandy.

They’re not, and that’s 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 it’s taking off surprisingly well. So I figured ‘What the heck?’ I’m 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, Bob’s Custom Playhouses have built 10 of them. At a price tag of $3,500 each, they’re selling them at a steady clip.

“I’ve always been a conventional carpenter, and this is something different,” Tibbits said. “It’s 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 we’re really excited about it,” he said.

Asked if the houses come with blueprints, White laughs.

“Nope, we just eyeball them,” he said. “It’s 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.

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