Meet: Barbara Butler

If you are rolling in $ and want to spoil your kids silly, or want to make them the most popular kids on the street, why not splurge on a custom play- or tree-house from Barbara Butler, who makes a living carving handmade play structures out of sustainable redwood.

A dear friend of mine used to do marketing for the artist.  The artist got her start twenty-odd years ago building decks for the likes of Bobby McFerrin, who requested a "unique play structure" on top of all the other work she was doing to his backyard.

I like how brightly colored the pieces are - and how sturdy they look.  I have to admit I always dreamed of having a tree-house and outfitting it with modern luxuries like a rug and cozy place to curl up and play board games.  There is just something delicious about the idea of holing up in a secret hideout, isn't there?

Prices range from $12,000 - $175,000.  Yes, which is more than some "real" houses!

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when I was a kid, i always wanted a tree house
They are all beautiful and amazing designs. And if I had the means, I might get one for my son...who I would then find playing in the box the slide came in, or dismantling the suspension bridge to build a go cart, or some such thing.
These are soo cool. I've seen some of her work at Stanford shopping mall, where they auction off playhouses for charity every June.

Whatever happened to making houses out of fridge boxes? ;)
I'm personally a fan of couch-cushion forts!
Actually, I wouldn't mind LIVING in one of those.
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