Finding the Right Location for an Indoor, Outdoor or Portable Sauna
Indoor saunas, outdoor saunas and portable saunas are now available in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be built to accommodate just about any style or specification. In fact, today’s sauna buyers have so many options, sometimes the most difficult decision can be where to locate your unit.
Sauna Location Indoors: Beside the Bathroom
For an indoor sauna, the most popular locations seem to be the bathroom and basement. Owners of bathroom saunas often make use of the existing plumbing, drainage and privacy a bathroom typically provides. Given that sauna baths are revered by countless enthusiasts for their cleansing and rejuvenating qualities, it makes perfect sense that so many people choose to install their unit within just a few steps of their showers and bathtubs.
Sauna Location Indoors: The Basement Has Room!
When a restrictive design or other extenuating circumstances prevent a residential sauna from being installed in the bathroom, many homeowners immediately look to their basements. The addition of a basement sauna can often lead to a person’s cellar becoming the most utilized room in his or her house. A space that was perhaps once reserved for storage can quickly be transformed into a choice spot for enjoyable social gatherings and favored leisure activities. Indeed, just as regular sauna use can promote healthy living, a basement unit can give a formerly blase basement new life.
Sauna Location Outdoors: The Backyard Has Room!
Outdoor saunas are most commonly installed in homeowners’ backyards. The ideal arrangement occurs when a new backyard sauna complements an existing outdoor swimming pool. Weather permitting, the presence of the pool encourages adherence to the much-prescribed heating-cooling cycle advised by health professionals and practiced by responsible sauna bathers. With both a swimming pool and backyard sauna on your property, you may find yourself playing host to your friends and neighbors more frequently than you ever did before. The combination of an outdoor sauna and pool may simply be too enticing and pleasurable for them to resist.
Sauna Location Outdoors: At the Cottage beside the Lake
Many outdoor saunas are also installed at the cottage or camp to take advantage of the lake for cooling off! Even in rainy weather, the presence of the sauna encourages use of the all-important heating-cooling cycle for all of its healthful benefits. The cool water temperature poses no impediment to a quick dip as the body is suitably warm from the sauna. I have fond memories of my own family’s unit beside the lake where we swam, we sweated, we laughed and we lived – for this is what a family needs to do! At the cottage, our sauna added meaning to our lives.
For people who may not have a backyard, basement or suitable bathroom, the most logical choice may be a portable sauna room. When shopping for a portable sauna, look for one that offers quick assembly and easy storage, requires no plumbing or finishing work, and has built-in and wired components. For obvious reasons, portable sauna rooms are ideal for sauna enthusiasts who live in apartments, condominiums and townhouses.
The Newest Sauna Location: Everywhere
One of the oldest sauna companies in North America is Great Saunas Since 1974 Inc. They have developed a new line of portable go-everywhere saunas that assemble in 30 minutes, require no electricity and are affordable at $1500 to $2600 each. Usable in the cold of winter or in summer, you get all the benefits of a real Finnish sauna treatment. These saunas can be located anywhere and everywhere! More information is available from Great Saunas Outdoor.
Once you have made your purchase, you can expect to spend a lot of time in it whether you have it indoors, outdoors, or with you anywhere you go.
Pertti Olavi Jalasjaa is the author of the best-seller book,”The Art of Sauna Building,” now an acclaimed guide used by 60,000 sauna builders throughout the world. Born in Finland and raised in Canada, he is a respected sauna industry founder in Canada and the U.S.A. The new 9th edition of his sauna book is available from his website below. He is the founder of Home Saunas Since 1974 Inc. and has supplied 32,000 high-quality saunas to sauna enthusiasts in 28 countries. Visit Home Saunas Since 1974 online at www.homesaunakits-since1974.com.
Pertti is passionate about the healthful benefits of the Finnish sauna and its importance as we age and need to counter the toxic substances we constantly ingest. You will be able to read more of his topics soon online at Pertti’s Sauna Blog.
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