NOTE: saunatimes begrudges no one for not applying any of the following sauna building tips to their sauna. A working sauna is better than no sauna.
1. A separate structure.
Worthy of retreat. Not a converted closet or carved out corner in the basement.
2. An ample size changing room.
A wonderful hang out space. Grocery stores have double doors for a reason. Freezing outside temperatures are not meant to come in contact with wonderfully hot steamy sauna air. Close the door!
3. A changing room bench.
Not just for sauna use, but you can escape from the busy world and hang out in your changing room and read.
4. A well sized hot room.
Finlanders use 10 cubic meters as a rule of thumb. A 6’x8′ or 7’x7′ hot room is an ideal size. 7′ tall ceilings for sure.
5. 24″ wide sauna benches.
Yes, you can make them more narrow, butt you will notice.
6. Trim it nICE.
7. A kick ass sauna stove.
There are lame stoves and there are great sauna stoves. You and your sauna deserve a kick ass sauna stove.