Guest post series continues. Please welcome Ken from Westchester, NY who builds his own sauna:
I bought your Ebook earlier in the year and used that as the main source of info to construct my own home sauna. I was thinking about posting about the experience i had with photos but wasn’t sure how to do that and more to the point if it would be wanted as I’m sure you have many builders of saunas in the same situation.
I’d appreciate your reply but i would like to say that the project worked out very well even though it took longer and cost more than I anticipated but was totally worth the effort.Regards,Ken
What got you compelled to build your own sauna?
How did you find saunatimes and give us a few examples where the DIY ebook helped you out?
I spent a lot of time on the web and came across Sauna Times searching under the usual key words. The really important pieces in the EBook that helped were that it was OK to use knotty cedar, to use the bubble foil vapor barrier and the design of the sauna door.
What 1-2 challenges were biggest for your sauna build?
Finding a source for the Western Red Cedar T & G took a lot of research and hours on the computer. I live in Northern Westchester NY and the source for the cedar turned out to be almost on my backdoor. Dain’s & Sons in Peekskill (maybe 6 miles away) had perfect kiln dried cedar for the paneling and 2 X 4 for the benches and at a lower price and for $30 delivery. I found the finishing parts like hanging the door and building the window plus the trimming a pain. Mainly because it was near to being finished and was time consuming.
What aspect to your sauna are you most proud of?
Any regrets or do overs?
The only do over is that I should have made it 6ft 6in wide. I am 6ft 2 inches and for economy I thought 6ft would be a good compromise. I forgot to take into account the 1 1/2 in of the paneling which means that i always need to fold my knees to lay down.