Budget Friendly DIY Sauna Project
People who love going to the sauna most probably thought at least once about owning one. But the costs are high, in the order of thousands of dollars. There is a much cheaper way to have a sauna, indoor or outdoor, without much effort and you don’t have to be a master carpenter to do it either. Read the following lines to see how you can build your own sauna on a budget.
Buy a sauna material kit
First of all, buy a sauna material kit. It will take a couple of weekends to finish the project, but at least you won’t be spending a ton of money on an already built sauna. If you take a look at some sauna reviews on bestsauna.reviews, you will see that there’s not much of a difference between an already made sauna and a sauna that you can install for yourself. The features are basically the same, but a sauna kit is a lot cheaper. Plus, it’s a fun project to do at home. The basic tools you need to build your own sauna are pliers, stapler, circular saw, measuring tape, chisel, screwdriver, sanding block, trimming knife, nail punch and electric drill.
No matter what choice you make, what’s important is that you have the material, and what you need for the indoor or outdoor version doesn’t differ. If you have enough space in your bathroom install it there, but if you have available outdoor space, it’s a good option as well. What you must consider in choosing the location is that if you were to build an outdoor sauna, the costs would be higher because they will include the running electrical wiring or plumbing to the sauna site.
Sauna floor and wall framing
If you opt for the indoor sauna, than you can use the already existing concrete floor as base floor for the sauna and attach the stud wall frames on top of it. In case you go for the outdoor sauna, you will have to build a concrete foundation. The sauna floor has to be covered with duckboards. Duckboards are removable sections of wooden slats that must have a half inch spacing between them.
When you build the sauna walls, keep in mind that you have to allow air intake and exhaust vents and that you have to leave space for the sauna door and windows. When you are done, attach it to the floor and add a drop ceiling.
Insulation and wiring
For this step it’s recommended to hire a professional. Don’t meddle with things that you don’t know about and that are dangerous. The sauna controls should be placed on the outside of the sauna, not the inside, for convenient access.
Doors and windows
When it comes to sauna doors and windows, they all must open out because of safety issues. It’s better to buy them, rather than trying to make them yourself, because they have to be well built to not let air go through, and this way you save some valuable time. They don’t cost much, so you don’t have to worry.
Building the walls
The interior walls of the sauna can be lined vertically or horizontally using cedar boards. For the exterior walls, you can use another material, such as stone, tile, wallboard or brick, and you can paint them how you like.
Make the sauna benches yourself and arrange them how you see it fit for the space you created. You can either go for an L-shaped sauna bench, or you can align them straight only on the facing walls that are neighboring with the door, or create a U-shaped sauna bench that covers all the walls except the one with the door.
Sauna heaters have to be installed by a professional, a certified electrician. It’s probably best to let the professional choose the size of the heater as well. They know better what is most appropriate for the size of your sauna.
Lights and lighting
For lighting the sauna you don’t need too much light. A 60 watt bulb is more than enough, because the ambiance in the sauna has to be relaxing, not flashy. The light you use in a sauna must have an aluminum base and a heavy-duty glass globe to resist to the heat from the sauna.
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