Home sauna kits are in demand now that a record number of people are getting in on the home and personal spa craze.
You can buy a modular kit which will have everything you need, or you can order a do-it-yourself sauna kit which will usually require some general carpentry skills since you’ll be doing the framing yourself.
A custom-built package is almost like building a sauna from scratch. This do-it-yourself sauna kit comes “made to order” meaning you come up with the custom design and the supplier cuts the interior materials to your specifications.
Before you can assemble the sauna kit, you’ll need to build the frame, lay the floor joists, and do the insulation yourself.
The do-it-yourself kit you order will supply the wall and ceiling panels, trim and base boards, benches, a pre-hung door, the threshold and casing, the heater, and any accessories.
To assemble the sauna, you’ll then only have to nail the tongue and groove boards to your studs.
It’s a lot more work to build your sauna with one of these home sauna kits, but if you have an odd-size corner or closet that a pre-fab unit won’t fit in, then a custom design will be the only option.
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Here’s a quick look at some other considerations before you start:
When sauna kits come in the free-standing pre-fab model, you’ll have everything you need to set up the sauna, and the do-it-yourself-kit will come with step-by-step instructions and illustrations.
Modular home saunas do not require framing or insulation so they are easier for those who are carpentry-challenged.
The exterior walls are self-supporting, the benches are pre-assembled, the door is pre-hung, and the light fixtures are ready to go. The only drawback is the cost of freight of a large unit which could be several hundred dollars.
In comparing the two home sauna kits, the pre-fab kit can be set up in a few hours, whereas the custom do-it-yourself steam sauna kit could take a full weekend what with framing, insulation, and assembly.
You could hire a contractor to do the work for you, but that will add substantially to the cost of the project.