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How To Build a Sauna - Tips For Making It Easy

Aug 17, 2007
Home saunas are becoming a favorite home additions for do-it-yourselfers. There are many reasons for this. Who wouldn't like a way to relax at home and improve your health all at the same time? The tremendous health benefits of using a sauna are a not so well kept secret among sauna lovers.

When researching what is required to build a sauna it quickly becomes obvious that the process is not as difficult as most people believe. There are just a few basic principles that you need to take into account. Beyond that, creativity and flexibility are the name of the game.

Just like any other how-to project it is important to start with a solid plan. When making your plan the two main components that you need to consider are: The structure and the heat source.

When designing the structure, you need to consider the function and unique environment of a sauna. Saunas are a place to relax. Platforms and benches need to be arranged with comfort in mind. The number of people that will be using the structure is important. You want to plan enough space but at the same time a smaller space is the more efficient. It is a bit of a balancing act between large enough for comfort and small enough to be efficient. When in doubt, don't skimp on space.

The heat and steam of saunas are what give you the health benefits. These can also create structural problems that need to be planned for. Insulation for the walls and some sort of vapor barrier should be included in your design. The idea is to keep the moisture and heat inside as effectively as possible. The basic requirement is to hold the climate within a comfortable place. All improvements beyond that are gravy.

The second crucial consideration for you to think about is the heat source. Steam saunas can be heated with gas, wood, or electric heaters. Electric heaters are a favorite choice for indoor saunas because of the convenience and lack of exhaust. For a traditional experience a wood stove is the best choice. Proper venting of wood and gas stoves is something do-it-yourself builders should get expert advice about before starting.

Using Infrared waves for your heat source is a modern alternative to traditional steam saunas. Infrared emitters produce waves that heat the solid objects in a sauna but not the air. One downside is that there is no steam in an Infrared sauna but there is evidence that the waves penetrate deeper into the skin when compare to traditional heat sources. This deeper penetration accelerates and increases the health benefits of a sauna experience. It is hard to beat an Infrared sauna for convenience. Warm-up time is very short and not much clean up is required afterward.

Developing your own custom design and list of materials from scratch is not the only option for homeowners. With our increased understanding of the health benefits of saunas there has been a corresponding increase in interest for this ancient custom. The result has been dramatic progress in the development of home sauna options.

You can now choose from a growing number of prepackaged designs and styles. The great thing is that they can be delivered right to your home and set up in no time at all. You can choose a modular unit that can literally be put together in under an hour or get a sauna kit that requires more assembly but gives you more of that "I did it myself" satisfaction. Almost all kits come with complete written instructions. Many also go beyond written manuals and have video tutorials, making it east to follow their step-by-step instructions.

Getting a home sauna has never been easier or more affordable. Don't you think it's time you started enjoying life to the fullest too?
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