Saunatimes guest post series continues.
Thanks to Miller for his detailing and documenting his awesome sauna build. Miller followed my Build Your Own sauna plans and I’m proud to say my Build Your Own Sauna plans helped him complete his backyard health and wellness escape.
I had used saunas a few times growing up and always enjoyed them but was never ‘into’ the whole sauna experience. It was more a less a nice comfort every few years. This changed when I visited a friend in Seattle in early August of 2013. Unbeknownst to me, he had recently built a sauna in his backyard. Nothing super fancy, an electric unit that seats three comfortably (or four if you want to squeeze), a window view and an exterior shower. My wife and I headed into the sauna, it felt great and said aloud ‘Man, I should build one of these at our place’. She replied with ‘Then go for it!’ My mind started racing. Could I really do this? Where would I put it? How long would it take? I could barely sleep that night!
Upon returning to my home in central Wisconsin, I started some Internet research on saunas.
An outdoor unit would have location issues.
The climate in central Wisconsin is quite different than that of Seattle.
I opted to build my own structure rather than have a pre-built shed or similar installed.
Having a full-time job with a fair amount of travel and two young children meant working on the sauna when I could.
Lack of funds and storage space meant I had to purchase materials as I needed them.
The process was slow.
The structure is looking great but not there yet.
It is now February and the light is at the end of the tunnel!
Compressor and tools are carried back and forth daily.
So there you have it, a backyard sauna from start to ‘Finnish’.