San Francisco builder Barbara Butler makes childhood fantasies come to life with her magical play houses. Seeming sprung from the pages of Alice in Wonderland, they boast whimsical features such as turrets, rock-climbing towers, flying bridges and sliding trap doors. Butler’s star-studded client list includes Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, and more. The structures range from small, cozy cabins to big tree houses to large play forts complete with monkey bars, rope swings, bridges—anything the imagination can dream up. Click through to see a few of our favorites!
Napa Valley Chalets
A trip to Wine Country had Barbara seeing double: "These twin chalets were built on a Napa Valley estate for twin girls. The two towers are fully finished inside with real doors & windows, wainscoting, secret compartments, built-in furniture and even a bathroom under the stairs. Both towers are equal yet different and connected with a bridge over swings."
Barbara Butler Luxury Playhouses & Treehouses
Photo credit: Teena Albert, Barbara & Suzanne Butler
– Mireille Schwartz