How to Build a Sauna - Do-it-yourself Tips

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Building a Sauna

It is a common misconception that home saunas are strictly for the wealthy, but if you are on a budget you can always build your own. There are a surprising number of self-assembly kits on the market, and they are relatively easy to construct.

But if you're not too confident about your DIY skills you can always employ someone to install your sauna for you.

Pre-Fabricated "Build a Sauna" Kits

Before you build a sauna do some research into what you want and what you want to achieve. This will make it easier for the manufacturer to get it right. The whole process is relatively simple, but if you're pressed for time, many of the manufacturers will be happy to construct the sauna for you.

Building your own sauna is the perfect way to complete any bathroom suite, but it can just as easily be assembled anywhere you choose - even in the basement.

With pre-cut packages, all you do is decide where you want to place the sauna and send the measurements and dimensions to the manufacturer who will cut all the boards to length. They will then send the boards along with all the other fixtures and fittings such as the benches, the thermometer, the heater and the pre-hung door and whatever else is needed or has been specified.

It is a good idea to put your frame or 'stud wall' up first and then take your measurements off the frame so that your boards will fit perfectly. Boarding comes in different styles but one of the most common is 'tongue and groove' boarding which is easy to install and attractive.

It is important to remember to insulate the ceiling and the walls when you build a sauna because insulation will keep the heat in and thus save energy, which in turn will keep your bills down. It is also common to install a foil vapor barrier over the top of the insulation. This helps to keep the damp from getting into the insulation while reflecting the heat back towards the sauna.

A few panes of glass open will open up the sauna and make it feel more spacious, unless you prefer the simple 'wooden box' type layout.

Benches come pre-built and all you need to do to install them is to screw in the supports provided underneath the bench.

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