As we consider the “empty canvas” in our backyard, most often, the first place to start when deciding what kind of sauna set up for your own backyard sauna is to define your sauna building size.
To help define and carve out the footprint for your own backyard sauna, all you need is some carpenter string and four sticks. Mark off your area.
As we begin to look at the location for your own backyard sauna, it’s easy to pound in stakes to define the footprint of what will become the footprint for our sauna building.
What size for sauna building?
Generally speaking, when considering the size for our outdoor sauna building, most fall into one of two camps:
- A somewhat urban or suburban backyard
- A more rural setting
In either scenario, it is good building practice to consider optimizing your sauna building dimensions in terms of minimizing the needed materials, as well as maximizing its usable space, and practicality. For example:
Backyard sauna dimension options:
- 10’x10′ = 100 sf. = 40 lf. = 2.5 ratio of square feet to lineal feet.
- 8’x12′ = 96 sf. = 40 lf. = 2.4 ratio of square feet to lineal feet <– The sweet spot!
- 6’x16′ = 96 sf. = 64 lf. = 1.5 ratio of square feet to lineal feet.
- 1’x96′ = 96 sf. = 96 lf. = 1.0 ratio of square feet to lineal feet.
We are smart enough to know that a 1’x96′ sauna building is completely absurd, But it helps prove the point that a building’s dimensions can have a big effect on its square foot efficiency. 10’x10′ is very efficient, but do we really want a 10′ long hot room?
An 8’x12′ sauna building is our most practical dimension for a somewhat urban or suburban backyard.
I’ll write more soon. I will build out the grid for a more rural setting footprint analysis and then settle on how a 12’x16′ is the sweet spot. But for now, you get the idea. This post is in development mode. I just finished 4 rounds on lake vermilion, had some dinner and going to geek out on some Netflix. It’s windy and fresh outside. This long hot summer is waning. It’s a bit early for a season change, but the nip in the air reminds me of: