If you like to do home projects, sauna plans can pose a few challenges. If you are a homeowner with some general carpentry skills you will have more options to choose from when sketching out a building plan, while those who are less handy with a hammer and saw should go with a pre-fab or portable unit.
The choice of wood will be an important element in your sauna plans. Cedar is an aromatic wood to build with but since some people do not react well to it, there are other durable woods to consider such as hemlock fir, spruce, poplar, and basswood.
The sauna stove can be electric, gas or propane, or infrared. If you are planning an outdoor sauna, a wood-fired stove is also an option. The sauna heater must be the appropriate size for the room, so make sure you ask a professional if the stove you’ve selected is right for your sauna building plan.
Your sauna plans should start with the location of the heater in the room. Some people are rather fussy about where the heater is placed. If you don’t particularly like small, cramped saunas where you might feel a bit claustrophobic, and don’t like sitting on a bench directly in front and above of the heated stones, plan on building a roomy sauna where you can stretch out a bit.
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A well-designed sauna should aim to heat the room evenly. And that’s not the only point builders should take into consideration. Here are a few tips when planning your sauna:
In addition, if you a planning a permanent sauna addition to your house and think you’ll also be selling and moving in a few years, you might consider building your sauna handicapped accessible. It should have a level floor entry and a 36-inch doorway instead of the standard 24-inch door.
Finally, when drawing up your sauna building plan, make sure you think about how you’d like to relax in the room. The bench and backrest need to be comfy if you will be sitting most of the time. If you prefer to lie down or if you’re a large person, then keep that in mind before making your final sauna plans.