How to Build an Outdoor Finnish Sauna

If you enjoy the relaxing feel of sitting in the sauna, then you’re definitely fed up with losing time and money by going to the spa in order to use the sauna. To be able to enjoy using the sauna whenever you want, and to save money at the same time, you should build your own outdoor sauna. If you want to learn how to build an outdoor Finnish sauna, continue to read this article.

Determine the location

If you live in an area with harsh winters, it’s best to build the sauna as close to the house as possible. When choosing the location of the outdoor sauna, consider the view that the neighbors will have of your sauna area. If you intend to use the sauna for recreational purposes, position it near the pool deck. On the other hand, if you intend to use the sauna for therapeutic purposes, locate it in a quiet and secluded area. Make sure that you leave enough access space around the sauna to be able to perform repair or building maintenance work. If you keep these factors in mind, you will be able to find the ideal location for your outdoor Finnish sauna easily.

Electrical set-up

Electric and infrared sauna heaters are either 240V or 120V. If you go with a 240V sauna, then you must hard-wire to the power supply. If you go with the 120V version, you can plug it into a dedicated grounded outlet. Just make sure that it doesn’t share a circuit with other lights or appliances to avoid unpleasant incidents.

Prepare the foundation

To make sure that you will construct the perfect foundation for the outdoor sauna, you must first check the weight of the outdoor sauna kit. Also, consider the weight of the people who will be using it. The foundation of the sauna should be built level, and it should be able to support the weight. A 3-inch slab of concrete is the ideal size for the foundation, but you can go with a thicker foundation if this doesn’t seem enough.

Assemble the outdoor sauna kit

Last but not least, it’s time to assemble the outdoor sauna kit. Instead of rushing to finish the job, take your time and uncrate the panels and parts, making sure that you have identified everything. Follow the building instructions that come with the sauna kit to assemble the benches. Afterward, attach the doors to the front panel, the walls to the floor, and the rooftop panel to the wall panels. Next, install the trim, lights, vents, and heater. Once you’re done, you can start enjoying your outdoor Finnish sauna in peace.