There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to install an indoor or outdoor sauna. Some of these factors will be unique to just one particular type of sauna room, while others share characteristics that should assist in making an informed choice. Consider the following before you decide whether you want an indoor or outdoor sauna.
All sauna rooms will require a water supply. A sauna will need water to assist in generating steam while users will need a fresh supply of water nearby to help keep cool before and after sauna activity. There are many different ways that water can be incorporated into an in-home sauna, although the addition of a permanent supply is ideal.
Whether you build it indoors or out, a sauna will need to be effectively powered so that you can generate heat. Infrared or electrical systems will require a permanent source. Consider exhaust vents if you are using a wood burning stove.
Space is vital and even a sauna built for single person use will need at least several feet of available room for installation. It is also worth noting that an indoor sauna or an outdoor alternative will require some type of drainage system.
Indoor sauna installations have many advantages, most significantly easy access to a water supply. If you have a basic knowledge of plumbing techniques, you should be able to install the necessary pipework and drainage sytems.
In terms of construction, there will rarely be any need to provide a foundation and if an indoor sauna is being built into a corner, there will be two perfect walls in place already! An indoor sauna also provides a luxurious way of utilizing the space available within a home and these installations are particularly popular in basements or large bathrooms.
Keep in mind that constructing an indoor sauna means that your usage won’t be affected by the weather!
An outdoor sauna offers an escape from the regular confines of a home and can be built to take advantage of local scenery such as surrounding landscapes or attractive garden work.
Building a sauna in an outdoor environment also offers the opportunity to be more exciting in terms of design. Because construction will not be limited by space restrictions or other appliances, the more adventurous DIY enthusiast will have a fantastic chance to spread their creative wings!
Venting is much easier in an outdoor sauna and the installation can also double as a playroom for children or a small guesthouse. If built as an extension to property, an outdoor sauna can also add significant value to a home.
However, building a four-wall installation will be more difficult and a foundation will be needed to ensure a stable unit. This adds further implications to a project because local building codes and permits will have to be considered. Water and power requirements will also be more difficult to install, although drainage issues will be much easier to solve.
For many, convenience will always prevail and the indoor sauna provides a great solution for those that demand simplicity. However, those with a creative edge and an urge for diversity will love the options that an outdoor sauna will provide.