Designing Your Own Sauna
The most important aspect of building a home sauna is planning and knowing what you want. Saunas you must know, should be simple, spacious and clean before you start planning. In Finland as I’ve written before is a time for relaxation, reflection and some times mediation. My friends last sauna that they built her father placed simple small star like lights in the ceiling. It was nothing large or sparkly but it had a twilight affect and it enhanced the sauna by 50%.
Other features that made her new sauna nice was the use of two small windows as opposed to one large one. My favorite part of their first sauna at the new home was the aroma, which was subtle but it was there. Oftentimes, in saunas if the door is not kept open or no type of fresh enhancement is included, the smell of old wood and mold can occur.
I’m sure no one wants that, a good mint scent is most likely recommended for saunas. In building your sauna, the most important material that were told to me by real Finns is: solid good wood, heating device choices (wood oven, electric, infrared). I mentioned infrared saunas however, those are more popular in the USA than Finland. In Finland, most homeowners still like to purchase a good wood sauna or electric to get the full effect of nature. It is important that you research as much as possible and plan accordingly.
In the meantime, here is a funny but informative DYI building sauna video from Youtube.