What You Should Know before Building a Home Sauna

There are few things to consider before building your home sauna that can reduce unforeseeable problems. It is an extremely attractive idea to have your own sauna that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your at-home private sauna provides many health benefits, and saves the need to visit your local gym during business hours. Bacteria will be less of a concern in your own private sauna, eliminating the risk of many health hazards found in public facilities.

Labor-Intensive Construction


To construct your own sauna from scratch, you can purchase sauna blueprints complete with a materials list and detailed instructions. The material list will allow you to procure every item you need before beginning its construction. If you have more money than time, consider purchasing a pre-built sauna kit that comes complete with all of the wood, rocks, heater and other needed materials. Sauna kits generally take only a few hours to assemble, as all the materials are already cut to size.



Heating the Sauna


Feature sonic, you can use electricity, gas, or infrared heater along with a wood-burning stove. If wood is difficult to come by, or illegal to use, consider heating your sauna with electricity, gas or infrared. Gas heating is a great alternative for sauna owners that have a limited budget. Heating with electricity is a clean burning choice, and infrared is becoming extremely popular.

The Location


You have a variety of options of where to locate the sauna at your home. You can build a sauna from scratch, or using a prebuilt kit. Either building method allows you to install it in the garage, basement, a large bathroom, the back porch, and even out in the backyard. Depending on your heat source, you will need to locate your sauna at a place where it is convenient to run electricity or gas lines. Gas and wood-burning heated saunas will need to have easy access to the exterior, for the exhaust fumes.

What to Consider


Before beginning construction, consider sketching out a quick design of how you want to build your sauna. A detailed drawing that includes the sauna's placement in or around the home can eliminate any unforeseen size or obstruction issue. Your sauna will need to be constructed with a moisture barrier to keep the steam inside the unit, to reduce the operating cost. You will need to consider the easiest method of providing electricity or gas to the sauna. If you require electricity, a licensed electrician might need to be hired to run an electrical line to the location. Once built, you will need to perform maintenance on your sauna so it can last for years.


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