Having your own sauna is a great investment in your physical and mental health. If you are a new sauna owner, however, the world of saunas can be a little daunting! The first thing you really need to decide is whether you want an outdoor sauna or indoor sauna. Both have their benefits and drawbacks. Choosing between the two boils down to your own preference, available space inside or outside your home, and your budget.
Being located indoors means that indoor saunas, in general, have better access to electricity and water. This makes for easier, quicker, and cheaper installation as there may be no need for water hook-up or wiring installation. You also wont need to insulate the sauna against weather, as your home will be providing that protection. Often, indoor saunas make use of one or two exisiting walls, which reduces construction costs. Often, you can easily convert an existing room. Best of all, the sauna is located very conveniently and is comfortably accessible regardless of weather.
The drawbacks are that you will lose space or maybe even an entire room to the sauna. You will need to create proper ventilation for the sauna, and it also may be difficult to create proper drainage. Overall, however, indoor saunas are the more affordable of the two options.
Outdoor saunas have benefits indoor saunas can't offer. Because they are constructed outside, you are only limited by the available outdoor space and your imagination. Also, you can build an outdoor sauna to take advantage of a good view or good light. They are also easier to ventilate and drain.
However, as it is exposed to the elements, you will need good quality outer paneling and insulation, which increases the cost over an indoor sauna. You'll also need to consider hiring a contractor to ensure all wiring for the sauna is up to code. The sauna will also need a solid foundation and you may need to run wiring and plumbing out to it. These all tend to increase the cost. However, you don't sacrifice any space inside your home, and an outdoor sauna can be an attractive addition to your property. It's also much easier to host sauna parties with an outdoor sauna.
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