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    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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    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 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!!!!

    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!!!!

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  • BillyStuart commented on BillyStuart's instructable Finnish Sauna

    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.

    I have a 9kw heater, and it gets up to temp in about 20 minutes. It also gets pretty hot (190+ F, at the ceiling). This is plenty warm, and i've never felt like it wasn't hot enough. I set it to about 175, and find that to be about perfect for my preference.

    Not sure what you mean by a gap under the wall panels. As I built the door, there is a 2.5" gap under the sauna door to allow fresh air to circulate in. The wall vent to the outside is opposite the door, and about 36" up from the floor. It also has a fan inside the vent that is controlled by the sauna controller. With the fan on, it pull out all the moisture in a matter of minutes. With the fan off, but the vent open, and the window in the changing room cracked, it slowly pulls fresh air under the door (which is next to the heater, and convection properties allow the fresh air to heat up, rise, and then come back down and out the vent. here's a pic with a basic explaination of how that works.

    Ah... You bring up something I learned the hard way. Yes, 12kW was WAY too big... i ended up returning the 12kW for a 9kW, which was still a bit big, but works just fine. 6kW would have probably been sufficient. I did opt for a lower end heater (made in china), as my budget was getting a little crazy. But I made sure to leave myself plenty of extra wire in the walls and a simple method to fish through that part of the wall. I expect my "made in china" heater will end up giving out eventually, and then I'll replace it with a higher end product from your part of the world. As a Finn, you most certainly know a thing or two about saunas, and I wish I could have afforded a higher end heater from the get go.In my first step and on the plans, I ended up with some adjustments fro…

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    Ah... You bring up something I learned the hard way. Yes, 12kW was WAY too big... i ended up returning the 12kW for a 9kW, which was still a bit big, but works just fine. 6kW would have probably been sufficient. I did opt for a lower end heater (made in china), as my budget was getting a little crazy. But I made sure to leave myself plenty of extra wire in the walls and a simple method to fish through that part of the wall. I expect my "made in china" heater will end up giving out eventually, and then I'll replace it with a higher end product from your part of the world. As a Finn, you most certainly know a thing or two about saunas, and I wish I could have afforded a higher end heater from the get go.In my first step and on the plans, I ended up with some adjustments from what is posted in the pics. First, the heater was downsized to a 9kw. Second - the sauna controller was moved to the back wall so I can easily fish wires from the control panel to the control box when I eventually swap it out for a Scandinavian heater. Third, I moved the dividing wall back a bit to add about 6" more space to the changing room.As for steam, yes, we have a sauna bucket and ladle, which you can see in the final step's pictures. The stones heat up, we spoon water on, and it gets nice and steamy inside. When we're done, we kick on the fan and open the vent all the way, and it pulls out all the moisture.

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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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