Are you a fan of the sauna experience? If yes, here is an idea that will surely make it easier for you to enjoy the hot room. Why not build one at home? Specially if you live in a house with a big yard a sauna will be a wonderful extension to your home. Just imagine making your way through the snow during winter time just to enter that wonderful hot room and relax in piece.
If you’re willing to have a sauna in your home here is what you should consider. Even before starting the procedure or buying any materials you need to pick a type of sauna. Mainly the types are two – Finish and Infra-red. The difference is in the heating mechanism, with the Finish sauna you get a classical stove with special sauna rocks that will heat up the small room. The second type is an IR heater which produces a slightly lower temperature and it’s kind of easier to operate it. The decision is personal on whether you prefer higher or lower temperatures and what your body can handle.
A second major decision is where will you place the sauna. Will it be indoors – in the basement, in an old bathroom, in a locker, or somewhere outdoors for example in an old shed or will you build it from scratch.
After figuring all that it’s time to purchase some materials, and of course the obvious one is wood. Now the importance here is to pick the right one. You need to pick the kind of wood that doesn’t absorb a lot of moisture because you may need to change it quite often. Another type of wood you should avoid is the one that is rich in resin because as the heat rises it will cause the resin to melt and emit strong odour that can cause breathing problems and eye irritation. A popular choice is cedar, it stays cold to touch even when the temperature rises, it has natural oils that prevent it to absorb moisture and emits pleasant aroma that can help you relax. However if you’re somehow allergic or simply dislike the odour of the cedar the best choice will be white aspen and poplar, they’re both nonallergenic and the best choice for someone who is irritated by external odours. In terms of what wood should be avoid, you will be better off without magnolia, oak, hickory, birch, elm, sweet gum and sycamore. They may expand from the moisture and feel quite hot as the temperature rises.
Of course to keep the hot inside where it should be your sauna will need proper insulation. This is usually done by using conventional fiberglass insulation batts. When you’re looking for the right insulation check the “R” symbol on them. For the walls you will be okay with an “R13” while for the roof you need to go for “R22” to “R26”. To make things easier you can just use two layers of “R13” for the roof. That way you will not have to buy different types of fiberglass and you will have two layers rolled in different directions which is better for strength.
After the main construction is done, it’s time for the final touches – some wiring, the benches, lights, the door and of course the heat source. The door can be made either from the same wood used for the sauna or from a special thick glass. For safety reasons it should always be opened outwards. It is not such an easy job doing one plus it’s really recommended to buy one made of glass because, specially if you don’t have windows it will bring some light inside and provide a fresher feeling.
Remember that depending of what heat source you use some wiring may be needed before the entire construction is made. It should be a bit more complicated when it comes to infra red heating but nothing ordinary skills cant handle. When it comes to the classic stove with stones, all it takes will be a power cord.
So those are the basics about building your own home sauna, of course depending on the exact type you choose there can be several adjustments and additions and it is not such an easy job as well. And if you still want it but without all the hard work and lost time you can call a professional building company like EZ Refurb to build it for you. With their carpenters and handyman you will have your dream sauna in no time and without even lifting a finger. It will come at an affordable price as well and exactly as you want it to be. So if that’s what you want just pick up the phone and let the professional builders take you in the world of total relaxation.