“I think if you’re thinking about building a sauna, you should go ahead and just do it.” – Steele Arundel
BONUS INTRO: Rod Buhrsmith introduces us to the budding mobile sauna movement:
A symbiotic mash up of an ice house and an out building. Mobile saunas allow us to bring the goodness of sauna to breweries, backyards, and nature areas like lakes and streams. Here, the cold plunge is steps from our hot room door.
Nan & Steele Arundel, founders and owners of Landscape Love, a Minneapolis design and landscape company, join us on the sauna bench where we discuss backyard sauna retreats from a landscaping perspective.
With our backyard saunas we are able to expand the seasonal use of our properties.
This is especially beneficial in climates like Canada and Minnesota, where most backyards are shut down for the winter. We are able to carve a sauna building into a small space within an urban backyard, maximizing our valuable, usable space. Also, we learn some interesting facts about tree species and offer some insight for ideas to landscape around our sauna buildings.
This episode of sauna talk is layered with “ands,” in this case a rogue photo shoot of the Stokeyard Mobile Sauna. We set up the mobile sauna in the parking lot of Minneapolis’ beautifully wooded Rose Garden, making for a great backdrop for our jovial Friday Happy Hour Sauna.
Jon Reynolds, Venn Design & Media was able to capture some super professional “wow” images, (full photo gallery: click here). At the same time, we discuss details of Nan & Steele’s current sauna build project. Topics range from insulation, to radiant heat in the changing room floor, to venting the hot room, and an optimal sound system set up.
We discuss the importance of allowing for time and space within the process of building a sauna.
There is a big difference between making decisions and following directions. The decision making process allows for a more personal, customized sauna of greater value for the sauna builder (and bather!).
We discuss bringing mobile sauna to wonderful places. We get insight into Nan’s creative enterprising idea of bringing mobile saunas around to new Mothers, anchored at home with newborns, to help them relax and chill out while their babies snooze away inside. Maybe this is how Nan gets her name (without the -nny at the end)?.
Some folks get exposed to sauna through “Hollywood workouts” at the health club, but we all agree that there is no better way to get clean than with a few sauna rounds. So practical.
Editor’s Note: We f***’ed up. I’m trying a new recording device and we lost the file. I’m pissed because this was a great interview, but rest assured, we’ll Sauna Talk with Rod, Nan & Steele again soon.