How to build a sauna on your own?

Despite the seeming simplicity, sauna is quite complex engineering structure. In order to get the maximum pleasure from the sauna and to avoid any troubles, you should think everything through the design stage.

Selecting the location

Sauna is a closed, isolated from the rest of the house room. The material used for its construction must be resistant to air with high temperatures

The sauna can be erected outside the house as a detached building, or can be build in one of the rooms inside the house. Depending on the conditions (temperature and humidity) the sauna can be dry, wet or steam-herbal.

Walls and ceiling

The walls and ceiling of the sauna should be made of wood panels with a thickness of at least 12 mm. The next materials are often used for these purposes: Scandinavian spruce, Canadian fir and cedar, which is an ideal material for the sauna. It is important that the tree had little number of knots and the minimum amount of resin (in order to ensure the comfort of the future users). The layer of mineral wool insulation with thickness of 45-100 mm shall be placed under the wooden panels. Proper insulation is a very important element of the sauna cabin. It reduces the heating time and saves energy.

Sauna floor

The sauna floor should be made of a material resistant to moisture and high temperatures. This may be terracotta or facing from plastic material. In order to provide not slippery floor surface in the sauna, you can optionally put the wooden floor grilles. Wooden items such as wooden floor grilles should be covered with a special paint (for example, paint used for the yacht impregnation).

Ventilation

If you plan to make a sauna, shower and place to relax in a common room of the house, do not forget about ventilation. Errors in the design of the ventilation system can cause premises dampness and even the mildew appearance on the walls. In the extreme situations it can cause the overheating of sauna components with the possibility of fire. Therefore it is very important to let fresh air into the room freely and provide the removal of warm humid outside.

Lighting

The light source in the sauna shall be kept in a special frame. This lamp must be securely closed by the hermetic cap, which protects it from moisture. It can be placed behind a special shade. Such light source creates a soft mood lighting, condusive to the relaxing environment, making the process of stay in the sauna enjoyable and comfortable.

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- May 28, 2016

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