Enjoying an outdoor sauna in your garden is one of the most therapeutic, effective methods for relaxation. Plus, when you add an outdoor sauna to your backyard or garden, you turn it into an even more beautiful getaway and lush oasis. Perhaps this is why building an outdoor sauna in the garden is a growing trend across the globe!
CAN I BUILD A SAUNA IN MY GARDEN?
If you’re interested in improving your outdoor landscape by learning how to build your own sauna, then keep reading! This blog will share a few pertinent how-tos to help you through your new landscape improvement project, so you can learn how and why you might want to build your own sauna in your backyard.
WHAT IS A 2-PERSON OUTDOOR SAUNA?
This particular style of sauna is compact in size, but still sufficient for a small family! In fact, in many of our 2-person models, two to four people sitting side-by-side could fit comfortably inside.
Building an outdoor sauna for two is ideal for:
Solo use with occasional guest(s)
3 WAYS TO BUILD YOUR OWN SAUNA
Building an outdoor sauna can be done a few different ways. In today’s article we’re going to cover 3:
How to Build Your Own Sauna…DIY from Scratch
How to Build Your Own Sauna…DIY Building Conversion
How to Build Your Own Sauna…DIY Pre-Built Models
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If you know which method for building an outdoor sauna you’re most interested in, feel free to skip ahead to that section. Otherwise, learn ALL the different ways of how to build your own sauna below.
Build Your Own Sauna…DIY from Scratch
For the craftsman at heart, you could choose to build your own sauna from scratch! Keep the following ideas in mind when you begin your project – will you be using a wood-burning sauna stove or an electric one?
Using a wood-burning sauna stove may be simpler than using an electric stove.
If you prefer an electrically powered sauna stove, then we recommend getting a certified electrician to help you with installation.
Materials to Build Your Own Sauna
You will need the following materials before you begin your project:
Scrap & sheet metal
Insulating foam sealant
Pitched ceiling support kit
Silicone roofing cement
Sauna heater (w/ sauna rocks)
Heat, plumbing, and electricity
Follow these steps to successfully build your own outdoor sauna:
Locate the source for your foundation and remove any debris or shrubbery from the area.
Sketch a blueprint of the finished product you desire.
Form the plan and build the exterior using the wood boards. Add a window, which can be created using a leftover plate of glass.
THE HEARTH FOR THE SAUNA STOVE:
Construct your hearth using concrete cubes for the base, bricks for the walls, and scrap metal to place across the walls, as well as secure the bricks at the top. (Use masonry cement to hold it all together.)
Before laying the top bricks, place your sauna heater in front of the hearth. Correct measurements are crucial. (You can hoist it using a nylon tow strap and come-along if need be.)
Begin framing until the chimney setup is complete.
Decide if you want your chimney to run through the sidewall or roof. To be safe, opt for a double-wall chimney system that is made of metal.
Choose a Chimney Installation Kit that best suits your needs for the chimney. (See here and here for chimney kit options.)
Use sheet metal roofing, silicone roofing cement, and a plumb bob to finish setting the chimney.
WIRING & INSULATION:
Be sure that you have the proper wiring. You may need the assistance of a licensed electrician.
Using paper-backed fiberglass (R-19), begin insulating the sauna. You may opt to use a vapor barrier on the walls and ceiling.
INTERIOR, VENTS, & BENCHES:
Connect cedar, fir, or pine wood planks for paneling with galvanized finishing nails and drywall screws for more stubborn areas.
For ventilation, cut two slots - one on the front wall and one that sits on the ceiling with diagonal placement to the floor vent.
Construct bench frames, using pine 2X4s for example. Attach frames to paneling studs using flat-headed lag screws.
FLOORING & DOOR:
If you are not using concrete flooring, construct a wooden-stage floor throughout the sauna.
Build a 2X4 frame for the door, then craft the door using scrap plywood, styrofoam insulation, and car siding panels. Attach using galvanized nails.
Create a door handle using wood as well.
Build Your Own Sauna…DIY Building Conversion
If you already have an outbuilding in your backyard that’s just taking up space, you could use it to build your own sauna from there.
A few examples of good pre-existing buildings to use, include:
A small cabin
Here are 6 easy steps for turning your outbuilding into your very own sauna. You may need to consult the tips above regarding the hearth, chimney and edging setup.
Use rolled fiberglass to insulate walls and ceiling.
Place foil barriers, or heavy-duty aluminum foil, for a moisture barrier. (Make sure the shiny side of the foil faces the inside of the sauna.)
Construct wall paneling using cedar boards.
Purchase and secure your wood-burning stove.
Be sure that you have proper ventilation. If not, create your own vent.
In terms of flooring, only replace it if required. You can either fill the space between existing floorboards using resin and fiberglass strips, or pour your own concrete floor, have a drain installed, and place slatted, raised wood flooring on top.
How to Build Your Own Sauna…DIY Pre-Built Models
The easiest way to build a garden sauna is to invest in a pre-built outdoor sauna. You will save time and effort, help your landscape maintain a well-kept appearance, as well as eliminate hours of unnecessary guesswork.
Many of the pre-built outdoor saunas that we offer come with informative videos explaining how to build your own sauna, along with a detailed instruction manual will guide you through your project. You’ll find most of our sauna models come with a recommended list of sauna heaters to choose from your sauna kit. You can also customize with different accessories.
Benefits of Building An Outdoor Sauna in Your Own Backyard
Relaxing while being surrounded by a natural environment has magical effects on the body. In fact, using tranquil surroundings for a little self-care has been proven to yield physical and mental benefits. Your gorgeous landscape, combined with the satisfaction from your hard work, will undoubtedly take your experience to the next level.
Having your own sauna readily accessible in your backyard comes with its fair share of advantages. Here are just a few:
Enjoy Better Health
When you begin using a sauna on a regular basis, your body will feel better. Click here to learn all about the science-backed benefits of using a sauna on a regular basis. Below is a summary of a few ways that you can greatly benefit from continuous sauna use:
Lowered blood pressure / better blood circulation
Reduction in risk for cardiovascular disease
Benefits for mood, stress and depression
Enjoy an After -Work Escape
Unwinding after a long day's work is absolutely heavenly. Not only will having a sauna in the garden area give you a chance to rejuvenate from everyday stresses, but you can also enjoy the benefit of doing so without having to commute to another location.
Owning a sauna also gives you the opportunity to spend time with family and friends in the comfort of your own home as well.
Enjoy Saving Money
While building your sauna may seem like an initial first investment, you will soon realize that owning a sauna of your own actually saves you money and time.
Here are just a few ways:
Eliminate spa membership costs from your budget.
Eliminate the cost of gas to commute.
Have friends over instead of going out.
Prevent serious, expensive health issues in the future.
Summary of How to Build Your Own Sauna
Choosing to use your backyard for a new sauna is a wise decision that the whole family can enjoy for years to come.
Here are a few takeaway points:
A 2-person sauna is a perfect size for most spaces!
If you choose to build your own sauna, be sure to get help with a licensed electrician if you opt for an electric heater.
When building an outdoor sauna, you can also just use a pre-existing building, such as a storage shed or vacant garage, and convert it into your own outdoor sauna space.
Hands down, selecting a pre-built outdoor sauna is the easiest option for construction. Everything you need is included in your purchase and you can check reviews to see how people like them.
Having your own outdoor sauna has many health benefits, saves money, and provides an immediate means of healthy escape after a long, hard day.
We hope this article has been informative for you to build your own sauna! If you need assistance with selecting one of our pre-built outdoor sauna models, reach out via the chat on this website or email us and we’ll be happy to help.