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Bear Club

Playhouses

The attention to detail is sure to be appreciated with toothy smiles.

Everything about this backyard playhouse style screams fun, but thankfully in an “indoor” voice. Step inside and the steep pitch of the gabled roof soars … if you’re a hobbit. If you’re not, hand cut rafters provide extra headroom. Outside, it reaches for sky, inspiring experiments with tennis balls and chestnuts. The Dutch door – taking its inspiration from that magician’s trick where he pretends to saw the helper in half – is guaranteed to inspire hours of imaginative play. Get started on yours now!

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overview

  
    
  • Everything about our Bear club playhouse kit screams fun, step inside and the steep pitch of the gable roof soars while outside it reaches for the sky. Lastly, this playhouse wouldn’t be complete without the magnificent Dutch door.

Features

- A spacious gable roofline for added headroom.
- Hand cut rafters.
- Plexiglass doors and windows.

Popular options:

Floor plans

Below are a few sample Bear Club kit floorplans to get you started.
For more ideas and photos please visit Interiors under inspiration.

Popular Bear Club floor configurations

Try this Floor Planner Tool to design your own Bear Club space and share as you like.
You may also download graph paper and print out a few sheets to help designing your own space!

Available Bear Club design sizes

Bear Club playhouses have sizes ranging between 35 sq.ft to 60 sq.ft.

If you cannot find your size please contact us.

Assembly

Level of Difficulty:

Like all of our buildings, our Bear Club kit includes easy-to-follow instructions, diagrams, and assembly videos that will help you through the process.

Below is a series of photos showing one of our Bear Club playhouse building being assembled.

  • Sub-floor installation for the Bear Club

  • Finished Bear Club design

Hiring a contractor

Our Bear Club buildings are relatively easy to assemble however if you feel that you may want some assistance check out our hire a contractor page.

Contractor working on a roof
  

details & specs

  
    

Bear Club Dimensions

BEAR CLUB GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS CHART
A B C D E
BUILDING DEPTH BUILDING HEIGHT FLOOR HEIGHT WALL HEIGHT ROOF HEIGHT
5' 7' - 1 3/4" 0' - 5 5/8" 4' - 10 1/2" 2' - 4 1/4"
6' 7' - 5 1/4" 0' - 5 5/8" 4' - 10 1/2" 2' - 6 3/4"

Our measurements (i.e. 8ft. x 12ft.) are taken from the outside of the floor & wall framing, therefore, they don't include the siding, and/or sheathing.

For true interior measurements, subtract the thickness of the wall framing; 3 ½” for 2x4 walls, and 5 ½” for 2x6 walls. Note: 2 x 4 is actually 1 ½” x 3 ½” and 2 x 6 is actually 1 ½” x 5 ½” due to the properties of "finished” lumber.

Wall Plan

Wall plan drawing for a playhouse

For true exterior dimensions, add the siding, sheathing (if applicable), and corner trim pieces. The Canexel siding is 3/8" thick, the cedar siding is 3/4" thick and the log siding is 1 1/2" thick. The wall sheathing varies from 7/16” to 3/4”. The corner trim is 3/4".

If you have any other questions pertaining to the size of your Bear Club playhouse kit, please do not hesitate to ask us, we're here to help.

Roof Framing Plan

The Bear club playhouse kit has a gable roofline, which typically features a continuous ridge, with two sides sloping from the center toward the walls of the structure.

Gable roofs are much easier to frame, sheath, and finish, giving the vertical wall component of a gable roof its style, known as “gable ends”.

Ventilation is easy to install. Due to its geometry and access to gable ends, roof vents can be placed on the gable ends rather than the roof itself. Consult with your contractor or roofing company, for the most effective ventilation system for your roof.

Roof frame drawing for the Bear club kit

Overhang Detail

Soffits are the cedar trim pieces that are attached to the underside of the rafter ends.
Fascia is typically the cedar 1x4 that’s used to cover the rafter tips and provide a nice straight level line for the bottom of your roof.

Overhang drawing detail

Foundation

The Bear Club design is well suited for a traditional patio stone foundation. A concrete pad is also ideal for poolside applications.

Visit Foundations Page for detail.

Bear Club foundation example

Materials

Like all summerwood designs, the Bear Club playhouse is a fantastic display of premium grade materials coming together for any of your outdoor needs. Our materials are chosen for their aesthetic appeal, durability, and environmental friendliness. Construction is engineered for garages and cabins but ideally suited for storage sheds and pool cabanas as well.

Floor
item material dimension notes
runners pressure treated 2x6 underside of floor framing
joists pressure treated 2x4 16" on center
sheathing spruce 48" x 96" x 5/8" tongue & groove
material upgrades
pine flooring white pine 1x6 tongue & groove
Walls
item material dimension notes
wall plates spruce 2x4 bottom, top, double top
wall studs spruce 2x4 16" on center
siding cedar channel 1x8 standard horizontal siding
material upgrades
clear t&g cedar siding canexel 1x8 studs & plates
interior cedar siding cedar 1x8 studs & plates
Roof
item material dimension notes
ceiling joists spruce 2x4 - 2x6 ceiling framing
rafters spruce 2x4 - 2x6 24" on center maximum
ridge board spruce 2x6 - 2x8 n/a
sheathing osb 48" x 96" x 7/16" n/a
material upgrades
cedar roof boards cedar 1x6 - 1x8 n/a
cedar rafters cedar 2x6 - 2x12 n/a
roof insulation expanded polystyrene 3 1/2" & 5 1/2" on roof surface
Trim
item material dimension notes
cedar trim cedar 1x4 - 1x8 corners, soffit, fascia
material upgrades
maintenance free trim versatex 1x4 - 1x8 corners, soffit, fascia

Popular upgrades

Enhanced Siding Package

If you are thinking of adding insulation to your building, consider adding one of our "enhanced siding packages". It's a layer of sheathing (OSB or plywood) and house wrap (Typar and optional HomeSlicker) that provides a moisture barrier to your structure.

Enhanced siding package upgrade

Interior Cedar Siding and Framing

The Bear Club style allows for a wide array of interior finishes. Our cedar siding or framing interior upgrade can be incorporated on the walls and/or ceiling, providing a warm rustic feel.

Cedar siding choices for a Bear Club playhouse design

Extra Overhang

The Bear Club playhouse roof features a standard 6” overhang where the roof meets the walls. The overhang is trimmed out with a soffit and fascia board. Extra overhang is offered in increments of 6” (i.e +6 (12”), +12 (18”)).!

Bear Club extra overhang drawing & building image

Finishing

Once your Bear Club building is complete, there are a few things you can do on the inside to add to the comfort and enjoyment of your new Summerwood Bear Club design.

Please see Interior Finishing under Advice for more information

Insulation

Enjoy your Summerwood Bear Club playhouse kit in any season and remain comfortable by implementing insulation in the floor, walls, and/or roof.

Insulation for a playhouse

Electrical

The inside of our Bear Club is deliberately left exposed to accommodate various electrical applications.

Electrical configuration example

Plumbing

Bear Club style is required to accommodate change rooms, bathroom or bar sinks.

Plumbing image for a playhouse image
  

pricing

  

Visit "options and accessories" for detail and pricing of our accessories.

Find below pricing for all of the Bear Club sizes that we have built so far. Don't see your size? Ask us and we will provide you with a quote.

    

SM Bear Club
Playhouses (<70 sq.ft.)

All prices in $USD
Small Bear Club
Playhouses, price list
kit size pre-cut pre-assembled
5ft.x7ft. $2,695 $2,021 $3,195 $2,396
6ft.x8ft. $2,995 $2,246 $3,395 $2,546
6ft.x10ft. $3,495 $2,621 $4,195 $3,146
7ft.x7ft. $3,495 $2,621 $4,195 $3,146
7ft.x9ft. $3,695 $2,771 $4,295 $3,221
8ft.x8ft. $3,695 $2,771 $4,295 $3,221

MD Bear Club
Playhouses ( 70 - 100 sq.ft.)

All prices in $USD
Medium Bear Club
Playhouses, price list
kit size pre-cut pre-assembled
8ft.x10ft. $4,195 $3,146 $4,795 $3,596

Custom Designs

Summerwood will take your custom design and make it your own. If you have something different in mind, talk to one of our designers about bringing it to life.

  

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