Backyard Adventures

Spark your kids' imagination with the playhouse of their dreams. From pirate ships to princess palaces and everything in between, a custom play house is sure to create unforgettable adventures.

By Melissa Mauzy


Sassafras Castle Playhouse, By Sweet Retreat Kids. You won't find a cooler playhouse castle than this mysterious beauty. Scale the rock wall to access a loft with a secret spy tool. You'll find access through the back of the picture hanging over the fireplace. Just slide the eyes open to spy on invaders inside the castle. If the enemy comes while you're inside the playhouse, scurry through the fireplace to a secret room where you can hide until the coast is clear. The inside of the playhouse is complete with a sturdy simulated wood floor, fireplace mantel, mysterious artwork and painted walls. Use the side door to access an outdoor courtyard where you can hide behind the castle wall and pop up on unsuspecting visitors.

Bat Cave, By Grossman Design Build. The Bat Cave is truly a one-of-a-kind space for a very special kid named Tyler.  An idea and a great team of framers created this rock-looking cave structure out of wood framing, chicken wire, closed-cell spray foam and elastomeric coating. It has an armory for Batman’s guns, high tech computers and monitors for Batman to work on his gaming skills. LED lights in the ceiling illuminate the cave at night and a bat sign turns on when Batman is truly needed. It is a great space for Tyler to call his own and fight crime that is wheelchair accessible.

Poolside Playhouse, by Lord Design. This playhouse was lovingly remodeled as a backyard destination for the homeowner’s grandchildren. It was reimagined from a typical space into a dreamy place that could easily sleep four kids and that adults could enter through new, taller doors, which are actually salvaged sidelites. The designer added a large front porch, a screen door, larger windows and landscaping as the play house sits at the end of the garden near the pool. It is a visual destination along with being an actual destination for dreamy sleepovers, a quiet escape or a fun place for the grownups to hang out and sip wine!

Tiger Shack, by Gabriel Builders. This playroom in Greenville, SC was designed to encourage physical play and also offers inviting nooks for quieter activities such as reading, building and drawing. The space was beautifully painted to look like a treehouse, providing  a one-of-a-kind backdrop for young imaginations hard at work. The homeowners are huge Clemson University fans, which is why the tree house is called the Tiger Shack.

Whimsical Farmhouse, By Tiny Little Pads. Who hasn't dreamed about having a mini-me moment with their children? Well, this whimsical farmhouse playhouse was not only built to match the family's main house architecturally, but also the family's Scandinavian way of living, centered around the most-used space in the house, the kitchen. The bright white interiors and pops of bright-colored wooden toys and accessories makes this the most fun house on the street. And wouldn't you believe it even has an outlet at the kitchen counter installed just to make real heart-shaped Norwegian waffles for the whole family to enjoy on a Saturday morning!