Sauna is an ancient and beloved tradition for cleaning one’s body and soul and relieving the weight and worries of routine. It seems that any family that respects traditions has a sauna in their summer home. Having one is very useful. However, not everyone can afford specialist to build one.
If you want to save money and build a sauna on your own, keep in mind that shit complicated structure requires careful planning and construction – an improperly built sauna can ruin the enjoyment of having one. An improperly built sauna will also do no good to your health.
What to keep in minds in order to avoid making mistakes? What work can you safely hire professionals to do?
Research, research and once again research!
Yes, research (be it books, internet, guides, consultations with specialists or forums) can help you start your plans.
Choosing the location
Do you want to build your sauna indoors or outdoors? Keep in mind that it is not a good idea to set up your sauna in the basement – humidity will quickly end up on the sauna’s structures and damage them severely. Want to build it outdoors? People say it is best to build a sauna close to a lake or river. What is important is making sure there is a body of water close by. It is also highly important to follow fire safety instructions – the sauna should be at least 15-20 m away from your house.
Family-sized? Big enough for all relatives? For leisure or rent?
The aforementioned questions are purely individual. A sauna should be around 7-8 m2 large to fit in a family. When planning the size of your sauna, use a simple formula – allocate an average of 2.5 – 3 m per person. If you want to build something grandiose, you had best consult with professionals.
What kind of wood to use? Should you use wood at all?
The best possible sauna is made of wood. It is important to keep in mind that different kinds of wood will be necessary in the construction process. Cedar wood is a bellowed construction material for sauna’s abroad. In Latvia, however, saunas a more often made of oak for support beams, spruce for walls, linden or spruce for internal finish. Remember, it is best to build a sauna from dry wood materials.
Where to get the necessary equipment
If you try buying equipment without giving a second thought to what you really need, you will end up with an empty walled in no time. Renting construction equipment has picked up in popularity in recent years – even construction companies use such services. This is because investments in construction equipment don’t always pay back, because some equipment is only used a couple of times a year.
Furnace and interior
The interior is best when it is made of oak, ash, aspen, linden and birch wood. Keep in mind that the interior will be often immersed in humidity for long periods of time. This can potentially damage wooden supports, creating deformations with time. The furnace is the most important part of the sauna. This is where you should turn to a specialist to set up a high-quality and safe furnace to use.
Rarely people complete everything alone
Keep in mind your abilities and their limits. Consider long-term benefits and short-term investments. Keep your own safety a priority at all times. Consult with professionals frequently. People who are not experienced in electrical engineering will do well to call in a specialist – all for the sake of safety.