8 Home Sauna Ideas and Tips From Designers

Saunas came into being about twenty centuries ago and since then they have been a popular addition to homes. You will find them in wooden houses as well as traditional homes, serving one purpose: relaxation. When these spaces first came into being they were seen as a means to stay warm in the cold months. They also served as bathing spaces. As time went by, people discovered that using saunas had healing benefits for the mind and the body. For you to get the most out of the sauna here are some tips you need to keep in mind.

Pre-Made Versus Homemade

How would you like a sauna installed in your home? Some people want saunas to come to them already assembled. In this case, you can use the sauna immediately after it arrives at your doorstep. Others prefer to get a kit that they can assemble as they please. And the last option would be to get the sauna built on your yard or inside your home. Alternatively, you could get a portable sauna that does not call for a permanent position. This option appeals to people who wish to move the sauna around from time to time.

The choice you make will depend on the budget you have for the sauna. The size of the sauna will also determine what option is available to you. Smaller options will not cost you much, but the big ones could cost as much as five figures. You may also find that you need to make adjustments to your wiring to accommodate the sauna. In such a case, you would incur costs in getting a licensed electrician to handle the task.

Indoor Versus Outdoor Sauna

Most people have indoor saunas as they are convenient regarding accessibility. However, you can consider an outdoor setting which works great for wooden houses. Plus, an outdoor sauna will not have restrictions as to space, as would be the case with an indoor setup. You also have a lot of flexibility in the positioning as you can choose what view would work for you the most. Where weather conditions tend to be harsh, an indoor sauna would be a great option. In this way, the sauna would not need much maintenance, and you could avoid braving the cold on your way to steam.

What Material Works Best?

The material you use on the sauna will not only determine how long it lasts, it will also determine the sterility of the space. Take cedar as an example as it is a common choice. It gives off enchanting wafts, stays strong, regulates temperature, and resists rot. In this way, you can enjoy your sauna without fear that the surfaces will get too hot to touch. There are other softwoods which you could consider. Some people choose to have tiles or concrete on the floors owing to their durability.

If you have respiratory issues, you can have saltstone in the walls, as it has proven to alleviate such problems.

What Is The Source Of Heat?

Saunas are all about heat, and here you have two options. In the first method, electric or wood-burning heat sources burn stones to elevate the air temperature. The temperature can reach points between 160 and 190 degrees Fahrenheit. When water is added to the stones, steam occurs, which aids in purifying the skin. The other option relies on the use of infrared technology, which transfers heat directly to the body. As a result, sweating takes place from within at temperatures between 80 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Infrared saunas tend to be gentler on the skin.

The Theme

What do you want to see in the sauna? Suppose you are going for a moody vibe, using a dark hue would be an ideal choice. But where you want the space to feel light, using bright colours would be a good option. Hues also affect how big or small the space feels. So if you have a compact space and wish to make it look big, go with bright shades.

How Much Room Do You Need?

The size of the sauna will depend on its purpose, as well as the number of people you plan to have in it. Suppose only one person will be using the space, you can get something small. But for a large group, you will have to come up with a style that works for many people. In this way, you will use only the energy required as per the number of people. The ceiling should be short such that you don’t use much energy in retaining the heat. For most people, a sauna measuring four by six feet should be enough, with a height of seven feet.

How About A Steam Room?

While a sauna is great, you could get much more out of the experience with a steam room in place. You can add the steam room next to the sauna, such that both rooms get adequate light. Moving from one room to the other should have you feeling lighter and more relaxed. Glass doors are an easy way to ensure there is continuity between the rooms and the outside.

Any Extras?

What happens after one has been in the sauna long enough, and you want to transition back to the house? You can provide a lounge where people can sit and cool off as they enjoy the benefits of the steam. The lounge can also overlook one of your favourite spots in the garden. In this way, as one cools off, you can relax the mind and take in the beauty all around you.

Other than a cool-down area, you can also add a shower. When one leaves the sauna, you can rinse off afterward, without having to head back to the house.

Adding a sauna to your home is almost as easy as installing a new shower. All you have to do is to ensure you have the right fittings for it and everything will work out as planned. Also, you can incorporate your own style in the design. All the best!

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