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What elements make for a great sauna design?

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While sharing a sauna with a couple architect friends and a contractor, as the endorphins started rushing, voices started rising, and concepts became more agreed upon, I started jotting down some of the key elements about designing and building a sauna.

Elements for a great sauna


  • outdoor shower
  • double glass door to outside
  • lighting: dimmers & control center to set the vibe
  • nature wins
  • glass to lake – all windows
  • tall ceilings (in changing room)
  • sound system
  • deck wrap around
  • symmetry
  • simple, elegant treatments
  • large overhangs

What can you add to this list?

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2 thoughts on “What elements make for a great sauna design?”

  1. candle window.
    24″ wide benches.
    rock treatment surround behind sauna stove.
    not too big of a hot room.

  2. in my back yard!

    rocks for the base get moved on sunday. lumber gets bought the following saturday. then framing starts! should be in business by winter.

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