How to Build a Sauna – Research & Pre-Planning are Key
Wondering how to build a sauna but not sure where to start? You can build your own sauna from scratch or from a precut sauna kit. It’s actually more cost effective than buying a pre-built sauna and, if you can at least build a frame or get a friend to do it for you, you’ll save thousands over the cost of a full modular sauna.
Advantages of Building Your Own Sauna
The basic instructions on how to build a sauna are fairly simple. Seeing all the parts and wood panels laid out will remind you of constructing a child’s dollhouse, although you won’t be able to get out the glue gun for this “little” project. This will still require a few tools, but at least you won’t have to saw anything. Points to consider:
How to Build the Sauna the Right Way
There are very few disadvantages, other than appreciating how building a sauna is best learned with a bit of research and pre-planning. Trial and error construction techniques are not the way to learn general carpentry skills if the sauna project is to be the first thing you’ve ever built. Here are just a few things to consider:
- The sauna needs to be built near a shower, pool or some type of water source. The sauna doesn’t need water itself but part of the sauna experience requires an immediate cool down period as well as showering to wash off the sweat.
- If you are building your own outdoor sauna, choose a design that blends in with its surroundings. A proper foundation and shingled roof is a must.
- Even if you can do the carpentry work yourself, in order to build your own sauna you need to comply with local building codes, which may mean hiring an electrician to hook up the heater and lights.
Also read: A Swim Pool, Spa or Sauna Enhances the Value of Your Home
Do a Professional Job
If you are assessing the challenge of how to build your own sauna, deciding how to design one can seem daunting when faced with all the specs and requirements for roughing in and framing the space, the details of wiring, installing the
sauna ventilation system, and so on. Just don’t lose sight of the fact that a sauna is a personal space that you’ll want to be quiet, cozy, attractive and inviting. Make sure you learn everything there is to learn on how to build a sauna before you start the project. Since a permanent installation adds value to your home, you’ll want to do a professional job.
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