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  • BillyStuart commented on BillyStuart's instructable Finnish Sauna
    Finnish Sauna

    If you've stumbled on this, and are looking at a similar build, check out this video I ran across. They built a tiny home with similar dimensions and overall design, and did an excellent job of recording their entire build. This is an excellent basic walkthrough of the framing process for a similar building. I would, however, suggest beefing up the sheeting, insulation, etc if you're making a sauna.Similar to mine, they started with windows, doors, etc, that they got for a deal, and then just designed their framing around it. Saved a ton for me, and for these folks!Extremely impressive, especially considering they did it all in 7 days.

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  • BillyStuart commented on BillyStuart's instructable Finnish Sauna

    Sent. Good luck!

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  • BillyStuart commented on BillyStuart's instructable Finnish Sauna

    HI, Tor. There really isn't an "attic" area. Above the changing room, the ceiling is all the way to the joists, and above the sauna, i framed in a the ceiling down to 7' high, but then stuff the whole area with insulation, and sealed off the entire thing with foil and foil tape. No venting. The sauna itself is vented through the wall. No floor drain. what little bit of water drips through the rocks evaporates quickly. No need for a drain. When i'm done with a session, I just kick on the exhaust fan, and everything is dry and the humidity is gone in about 15 minutes.Hope this helps. Shoot me your email if you'd like me to send you copies of the plans. -Bill

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  • Andy - amazing build!!! I totally feel your pain about the siding. I tried to find barnwood for a project here in central IL, and the barneood people in our area are like vultures! I also ended up with new cedar bevel siding. Happy with the end look, but not with the price tag. :(I love all the detail you put in! The railings are super cool, and that door is fantastic. Clearly a labor of love!You make me wish I had a family with an orchard, as you have all sorts of great materials to get creative with. Kiddos to your folks for recognizes that so many things might be useful later, even if they don’t know what for at the time they decide to hang on to it. Great job!!!!

    Andy - amazing build!!! I totally feel your pain about the siding. I tried to find barnwood for a project here in central IL, and the barnwood people in our area are like vultures! I also ended up with new cedar bevel siding in my project too, a finish style detached sauna. I was happy with the end look, but not with the price tag. :(I love all the time you put into the details! The railings are super cool, and that door is fantastic. Clearly a labor of love! Do you have plans for what adjustments you'll make over time as your kids grow and evolve?You make me wish I had a family with an orchard, as you have all sorts of great materials to get creative with. Kuddos to your folks for recognizing that so many things might be useful later, even if they don’t know what for at the time t…

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    Andy - amazing build!!! I totally feel your pain about the siding. I tried to find barnwood for a project here in central IL, and the barnwood people in our area are like vultures! I also ended up with new cedar bevel siding in my project too, a finish style detached sauna. I was happy with the end look, but not with the price tag. :(I love all the time you put into the details! The railings are super cool, and that door is fantastic. Clearly a labor of love! Do you have plans for what adjustments you'll make over time as your kids grow and evolve?You make me wish I had a family with an orchard, as you have all sorts of great materials to get creative with. Kuddos to your folks for recognizing that so many things might be useful later, even if they don’t know what for at the time they decide to hang on to it. Great job!!!!

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  • BillyStuart commented on BillyStuart's instructable Finnish Sauna

    I looked at some prefab kits when I was doing my initial research. Ultimately, I decided to build my own. This saved a bunch of money compared to the prefab units, and I was able to build it just how I wanted it. All other things being equal, I would have preferred a gas heater, but the costs got out of control when I started adding it up. It's certainly doable to build out a sauna into pretty much any area, including your garage, but you'll have to be mindful of the venting.

    I went with a luxury vinyl tile by Shaw. Being vinyl, there is no expansion/contraction and it’s waterproof. Super easy to install. It just all clicks together and goes down quickly. At first I worried about it melting or having heat problems, but now realize that the floor never gets anywhere near a high temp, and has turned out to be a great option.

    Ah, now I understand what you meant. Yes, I cut down some cedar 2x4 (inches) into slats that are 1-1.5 cm thick, and attached those to the 3 exterior walls and ceiling (not the wall between the sauna and changing room, even though I probably should have) after putting up the insulation, but behind the cedar. I also left a small (maybe 1cm?) gap at the floor to allow air to circulate. That's part of why I did the LED lighting around the floor the way I did, so that it covers up this gap nicely.We plan to stay in this house for about 5-7 years, and our next home will be our "forever" home. I learned from a lot of my mistakes on this one, so when I build the next one, I'll have a much easier time. I still wonder if I made the right call going with electric vs. wood, but we're …

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    Ah, now I understand what you meant. Yes, I cut down some cedar 2x4 (inches) into slats that are 1-1.5 cm thick, and attached those to the 3 exterior walls and ceiling (not the wall between the sauna and changing room, even though I probably should have) after putting up the insulation, but behind the cedar. I also left a small (maybe 1cm?) gap at the floor to allow air to circulate. That's part of why I did the LED lighting around the floor the way I did, so that it covers up this gap nicely.We plan to stay in this house for about 5-7 years, and our next home will be our "forever" home. I learned from a lot of my mistakes on this one, so when I build the next one, I'll have a much easier time. I still wonder if I made the right call going with electric vs. wood, but we're in a residential area, and I don't have any forest to go cut my own wood from, and didn't want the hassle or expense of constantly sourcing/hauling/splitting it.

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  • BillyStuart commented on BillyStuart's instructable Finnish Sauna

    Thanks, Tuomas! If a Finn likes it, I know I've done something right! I considered pouring a concrete slab, tiling the entire thing, and then putting down duckboard (I think that's similar to the wooden slats that you described), but the concrete work was just too overwhelming, and would have require both equipment and skills that I'm lacking...

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