Happy Saturday CoContesters! Just when you thought you couldn’t get enough remodelling fabulousness, we’re back with more. Welcome again to the ongoing weekend session, which will see you update your home in style. Last week, we took at some impressive stylish balconies – and this week, join us on an indulgent journey through the ins and outs of planning and installing an indoor sauna. Read on here to learn more!
Installing indoor saunas are undoubtedly one of the best things you can do to your property – healthy, luxurious and utterly opulent, an indoor sauna is the height of spa-like sophistication. Here’s a few tips to consider when planning a new sauna for your dwelling…
First things first – why install a sauna?
The 2,000-year-old tradition of sitting in saunas is undeniably still going strong, while most people consider saunas to be a luxury item, their presence in homes is becoming increasingly more common. So what exactly are the advantages of installing indoor saunas? Apart from the obvious tantalising toastiness of sitting inside a heated chamber while the mercury drops outside, indoor saunas offer a range of health options and benefits. Time spent in a sauna can cleanse toxins from your system, rehydrate skin, as well as reduce muscular aches and pains.
We adore the Rodolfo Dordoni and Michele Angelini designed indoor sauna above, consequently named BodyLove, it is the ultimate in indoor sauna luxury. Check it out here.
Considerations when purchasing an indoor sauna
One of the main considerations when purchasing indoor saunas is to think about your heating element. These days saunas come with many different options, but there are two main types to consider. Firstly a wet-dry sauna, which uses an electric or wood-burning heat source with stones. This raises the interior air temperature to a point between 70-90 degrees Celsius. The steam is then added by topping the stones with water, contributing to a humid environment beneficial to the body and its skin.
Secondly there is a newer type of sauna that employs a radiant heat element that transfers heat directly to your body rather than into the ambient air – these are called infrared saunas. Infrared saunas are cooler than their wet-dry counterparts, making them safer for the elderly and those who dehydrate easily.
Another key thing to consider when planning an indoor sauna is to do with the size of your space. Think about how you plan to use your sauna – is it an intimate retreat for one or two, or is it going to be the centre of your home’s party?
Like the example above? Check out the full interior here.
Style and colour
Choosing a sauna mean picking some stylistic options. Look at your current interior scheme, and pick a design that suits your dwelling. Cedar is the best option for timber saunas as it smells pleasant and absorbs heat. Spruce and hemlock are other possible options that will give your sauna a little individuality.
Think outside the box when you choose the colour of your sauna. There are a range of different timber stains, from light white to charcoal black. If you like the look of the dark and mysterious sauna above, you can check out the full home here.
Think about the placement of your sauna
Ok, so technically the sauna pictured above is an outdoor sauna, but it was definitely worth mentioning. Hobbit-esque in its appeal and design, this incredibly large chamber is sunken into the ground with a grassy green knoll above. When deciding on your sauna design, consider where you wish to place it, consequently employing its benefit shrewdly.
Indoor saunas are definitely more common, but if you are looking to save internal space in your home, external saunas could be a good alternative option. However, keep in mind that outdoor saunas are more exposed to the elements, therefore requiring extra insulation to stay hot.
Want to see the incredible sauna above in its entirety? Check it out here.
Commonly made mistakes…
Over time we’ve seen an indoor sauna or two, and believe me, there’s a lot of room for error. When planning an indoor sauna project, consider some of the more commonly made mistakes:
- Forgetting that size matters. Ensure you do not install a sauna that is either too large for the space, or too small to enjoy comfortably.
- Not choosing your materials wisely. Consult a professional to ensure you pick the right timber and foundation for your sauna.
- Picking the wrong heating element for your space. Depending on where your sauna is located, you will want to ensure your heating element suits its location.
One sauna that certainly has made no mistakes in its design and placement is the impressively gorgeous (and large) example above. If you would like to see more of this home’s interior, check it out via Cue Architekten.
Like what you see? Perhaps now you are ready to get moving on your own indoor sauna project? Pop by next Saturday for more gorgeous design tips and inspirations on CoContest!