Building backyard fun
Living the Country Life
July 15, 2014
Where kids can be kids
Barbara Butler, a San Francisco playhouse builder creates backyard fun for children with her magic, elaborate play structures.
Barbara began designing and building playhouses to give kids a stress-free place where they can just be kids.
While she has worked with celebrities like Will Smith and Jada Pinket Smith, Robert Redford and Walt Disney productions, her latest project is working with The Magic Playground to create a wheelchair accessible playhouse, tree house and stage.
Something for everyone
Barbara hand-designs her playhouses, combining childhood fantasies with architectural expertise.
The structures range from small, cozy cabins to big tree houses to large play forts complete with monkey bars, rope swings and bridges.
Barbara is committed to creating eco-friendly, strong, safe and durable play structures that are made from natural renewable resources for the next generation to play on.
She makes green choices in her materials, design and construction.
In addition, she also helps her clients recycle old structures when their kids grow up by cleaning and refinishing them and arranging donations and second hand sales.
Wheelchair accessible project
While working with the Magical Bridge Playground, Barbara became aware that rarely, if ever, does a child in a wheelchair get to experience the joy and magic of a tree house.
Barbara has designed and built many public play structures around the country, but she has never had the chance to do one here in the Bay Area. She is especially fond of this project because of its inclusive theme-- this is a public park that will be fun and meaningful for kids and parents of all abilities.