This November, an early Nor'easter hit the east coast. Living in sunny California, we didn't think much of it, until Sarah Hall, our friend and publicist of 13 years, sent us this beautiful image of their 10 year old King Fort blanketed in snow. We love this peaceful, snowy, winter wonderland image; maybe because it reminds us of family & growing up in up-state New York with its long white winters of deep snow, where snow banks provided endless amusement - king of the hill, snowball fights, tunnels & igloos - and coming in from the cold for kids meant hot apple cider and big steaming bowls of homemade vegetable soup. For us, a snowy scene is representative of the holidays. We wish to share this feeling of delight and wish you and your family peace & joy and a Happy New Year! 

Happy Holidays

from all of us at

Barbara Butler Artist-Builder Inc

Click on the image above for more great snow covered pictures

Together with the city of Palo Alto, the Friends of the Palo Alto Parks and Friends of the Magical Bridge Playground, we are creating the most innovative, inclusive playground in the country. Combined with our signature level of design and an all-encompassing mindset, we aim to create a playground that includes the many different types of people who are living in this community — those with autism, sensory and cognitive issues, visual limitations and older adults. The Magical Bridge Playground will be open to everyone Fall 2014 in Palo Alto's Mitchell Park. Stay glued to facebook.com/BarbaraButlerTreehouses and instagram.com/barbarabutlerbuilds for the most up-to-date progress. 

Climb upslide down, or zipline across to the brilliantly bright Los Gatos Treehouse. This handcrafted design is built to stand out from the rest of the space and inspire a creative environment. Whether you are playing dress-up, learning to read or writing a novel, the Los Gatos Treehouse will demand an inventive mindset.

Wrapped around a gorgeous old oak tree that sits high above a valley, the Old Oak Treehouse provides kids and adults of all ages with a compelling experience in a peaceful environment. The Juliet Balcony, built into the one-of-a-kind, two-tiered deck system, allows you to stand & look out at the world and revel in the beauty of nature.

Set sail on a wild adventure aboard the pirate-themed Inverness Treehouse. Intentionally hidden within a grove of trees, this treehouse was crafted for the kid in all of us. The vast amount of space that the Inverness Treehouse covers enables it to include two tree perches, a swinging bridge, a clubhouse, a rope climb and a water cannon. With that many options, anyone who chooses to embark on a journey through this sea of leaves is guaranteed to discover a world of fun.

Nestled between three beautiful Redwood trees, this one of a kind two-tiered treehouse is held eight feet in the air. The handcrafted, straight rung ladder connects the ground to a 35 square foot, rectangular deck. The option to ride the tree-to-tree heavy duty Zip Line or to relax in the clubhouse makes the Redwood Treehouse a perfect combination of adventure and serenity.

Help one of these previously owned play structures find a home!