Sauna Construction

In the previous article sauna building location was discussed, along with installation of plumbing and electrical connections. Now it is time to construct the sauna.

Framing will need to be installed if there isn't any existing framework. Framing consists of the actual studs the sauna will be attached to. It can be made from 2 X4 or 2 x 6 lumber; upright posts should be spaced 16 inches apart.

After the framework has been accomplished insulation must be put in place. This is placed between the studs in the walls and the ceiling. Insulating is necessary to keep the heat in the room and to cut down energy costs. The insulation should be covered with a vapor barrier to prevent moisture build-up within the insulation. Foil vapor barrier is a good choice as it will reflect heat back into the sauna.

Wall construction begins after all the insulating has been finished. Tongue-and-groove lumber should be used to avoid exposing metal nails in the sauna. Exposed nail heads pose the threat of serious burn injuries when exposed to the high heat of a sauna. Two lumber choices that seem to work well are Nordic White Spruce, and Western Red Cedar which is the less expensive of the two choices.

To begin wall construction start nailing lumber to the studs in the framework at floor level. Angle all nails through the tongue portion so that they are not exposed. The wood should be cut to fit evenly from one corner to the next. It is best to have one person cut the lumber while another installs it.

Continue adding lumber checking occasionally to be sure that they are level. Each wall should be constructed in this manner and then the ceiling. A pre-hung door is easier to install than trying to hang a door.

Molding in the corners adds a nice finished look to the room. Next install the benches. The benches can be constructed or bought at a sauna supply store. Be certain there is no exposed metal in the benches.

After all woodwork has been finished the ceramic floor can be installed. To do this simply glue the ceramic tiles to the sub-floor and fill the spaces with grout. Allow the ceramic cement to set and dry completely before applying any grout.

After completing the ceramic floor, build wood flooring panels to place over the ceramic tiles. These panels should be removable to allow for easy cleaning of the tiles beneath. It is pertinent to put in the panels because the ceramic tiles will become far too hot to stand on when the sauna is operating.

When all of the interior work has been finished the heater can be placed and connected to electricity. To finish the sauna panel the exterior walls and install towel racks outside the door.

The sauna is now ready for use. Turn the heat on, allow approximately thirty minutes for warm up time and enjoy!

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