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Saunas have been used for thousands of years and are popular to this day. A sauna can help people to unwind and relax, and has other health benefits.

Sweating has long been used as a therapy. In Finland, saunas have been used for thousands of years, one in three Finns use them. In the United States (U.S.), there are thought to be over a million saunas.

Main benefits of saunas are for relaxation and cardiovascular health.


Materials:  Whether your sauna is indoor or outdoor, cedar will provide many years of service. Cedar’s low density makes it an ideal thermal barrier, meaning that even at the highest temperature setting clear cedar will remain comfortable to touch even on bare skin.

Location:  The location of your sauna will influence whether a change room is needed. Outdoors, an attached change room will also function as an airlock, effectively mitigating drastic temperature drops each time the sauna door is opened.

Size:  The ideal size of a basic high functioning sauna is 5x7x7. This will accommodate all the key features, including heat optimization, a full length 2 tier bench system, provide adequate space for the heater, door, and walking space.

Benches:  The lower bench will be your “cool” zone while the upper bench is your “hot” zone. A full-length top bench will allow you to stretch out fully on your back.

Heaters:  Sized according to the cubic footage of the room.

Amenities: Windows a shower or drain can be nice but often aren’t essential.

Vents: Fresh air intake is essential as is the exhaust of stale air. Proper placement of intake and exhaust vents ensures your sauna works properly and efficiently. 

Preparation:  Room size in cubic footage determines heater requirements. Ensure the available electrical services are sufficient for the size of heater needed, before finalizing room size.

Support: install proper backing for benches and heater before covering the wall cavities.

Lumber Care: Once you start construction, keep your wood building materials covered with a tarp, especially in heated spaces. This makes a huge difference as it keeps your lumber straight & true!

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