Planning a Sauna

A few days ago the temperature came up to around zero. This, combined with some rain, made for a rather ugly day. One of those times where if it was just a bit colder, it would feel much warmer, as the air wouldn’t be so clammy.

Not much outdoor work looked very appealing, so I marked off a rope into one foot sections to use as an oversize measuring tape, and sketched a few diagrams to reflect some of the thoughts I had on our future sauna.

I always want to keep things small, figuring that it is easier to build, heat, clean, and pay for the supplies I cannot make myself. I started out with a twelve by twelve square.

Dividing it into quadrants, I then placed a change room in one corner, the actual steam room adjacent to it, and the washing up/laundry room in the remaining half. Kenny and Donna offered lots of input, as did Mummu and Grandpa when we later asked them for any other tips.

Here’s a sketch I did between setting the supper table and supper making it to the table.

We decided that we would feed the sauna stove from the outdoors, and inside the steam room the stove would then be located opposite the door, with the bench running along the north wall.

In the washing up room, we would have the wash machine and sink/laundry tub also on the north wall, then a door leading outside in the north-west corner, a long counter on the west side, a sitting bench on the south side, and then the door leading to the change room facing east.

Finally the change room, in the south east corner of the building, would have a bench on the south side as well, with the doorway leading outside (and facing our eventual cabin) on the east side.

As additions to this plan, we want to have a high, open ceiling in the washing room, except the sauna, where a low one will help keep in the steam, and above the change room, where we can use the space for storage. Then, centred above the junction of the interior walls, is the place where I’m thinking we would locate our 1000 litre water tank. I think this is the strongest place that can handle that sort of weight.

Having the water tank in the sauna should give it a reasonably warm location so that it doesn’t freeze in winter. It is also located directly uphill from the well, and can drain down towards our possible garden plots.

Having it up in the roof peak will have the added benefit of providing natural gravity flow, and I imagine the ability to run a water line from it, across the space between the sauna and cabin, and into the cabin, so that we could have running water there as well.

Yesterday, after spending the morning clearing a bit more of a new logging road into our bush with Grandpa, I returned to the sawmill and checked and rechecked to ensure it was straight and level. Then I fired her up to cut the first beam for construction. I was really cautious, and it took me a good twenty to twenty-five minutes, but here’s our start!


2 thoughts on “Planning a Sauna”

  1. How’s the sauna now? I think you can still pursue it before the winter ends. Anyway, you can still use the sauna for the rest of the year. After all, stress is always present for us to dilute, on different levels. A home sauna is a definitely a luxury to have and is wonderful for at-home therapy. And remember not to break the tradition: Keep the atmosphere peaceful!

  2. This is a smart floor plan for a sauna. However, it would be more ideal for the sauna to be a little bit bigger. You could adjust the change room a little smaller to allow more room for the sauna, if you want. But if the space for the sauna is big enough for you, it's okay to change nothing. ->iHealth Saunas


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