What You Should Know Before Building a Home Sauna?

Due to the improvements to price, ease of construction and quality, a home sauna is within reach of more and more people. Before starting you need to consider the following areas: space, material and design.

You don’t need to be a carpenter to build a sauna. All that is needed is a waterproof floor, a 220/240V electrical hookup for the heater and a shower nearby. Sauna’s can be built in master bathrooms, garages, and basements. Altering an outside structure by adding insulation, benches and a heat source is another place for a sauna or you can build a new building.

The traditional sauna is made mostly of cedar, because it stays cool and absorbs moisture as needed, however it should be clear of knots that will not seep sap and create problems. There are several options of heat sources including wood stoves, electric stoves and infrared. The electric stoves are the most popular stoves in the United States due to their ease of use. Wood stoves are best for outdoor saunas because they need ventilation. If you can’t take the heat you might want to try the infrared sauna. The infrared sauna uses infrared radiation to heat the skin instead of the air. You want to make sure you get the size heater that will fit your sauna. A larger heater will cover more surface area, resulting in lower surface temperature. You also want your sauna to be well ventilated. One vent needs to be behind the heater and another one in an opposite wall under a bench.

If you have limited space or a specific design then a custom sauna is for you. There are many design options letting your creativity run wild. There are many sauna showrooms that can accommodate your desires with little planning as well.

You can also purchase a kit that you assemble or have assembled for you. These kits come with walls, ceiling boards, assembled benches, a heater and a pre-hung door. They are available in several sizes from small personal to large multi person saunas. A custom kit offers a lot of options and not only fit your budget but your needs too. Manufactures will build a custom size and shape kit from a measured drawing and ship the whole kit to you.

Whether you chose to build a traditional sauna or an infrared sauna, choosing one that is right for your lifestyle is important.