As someone who loves DIY I am often asked by my friends what they should be working on or to think of a project which they could undertake. My usual response to this is to carry out the work which I completed last year, the construction of my very own sauna. The whole idea came about by accident after seeing some sauna heaters for sale at some excellent prices. Initially I simply bought the heater with an eye to selling it on, but then my mind got to working and I began planning out how I could put a sauna in the location where my garden shed was.

After much planning and a lot of hard work, I finally completed the sauna and it looks great. With this in mind then, I would like to extoll the virtues of how great having a sauna is, and why you should consider putting one in.

Warming Up

At its most basic level, the sauna is absolutely perfect for warming yourself up on those cold wintery days. Last year Fall was particularly harsh and I can remember at least 5 occasions where I cranked up the sauna and stepped in to warm myself up.

Relaxation

What started as a crazy idea to build a sauna has now seen me using it pretty much every night when I get home from work. I place a great deal of importance on relaxation and I find that taking some time out from the world and sitting inside that tranquil and warm space, really helps me to destress after a long day. Some people like to sit in the bath when they get home, but I prefer a nice, relaxing wooden sauna experience.

Health Benefits

Whilst this was never in my mind when I started planning the build, I have since found out about the incredible number of health benefits which you get when you use a sauna. The heat is great for relaxing muscles, the warmth makes you sweat which helps the body rid itself of toxins, and it can also greatly help you to fall asleep easier, and sleep better. From a sleeping point of view I can definitely attest to the fact that I have never slept as well as I do now, thanks in n small part to the sauna in the garden.

Friends and Family

I love inviting people into the sauna, it may not be big but you can comfortably fit 4 people inside. The sauna is a real talking point and what I love most is that unlike something such as a hot tub, the weather plays no part at all in using the sauna, in fact the worse the weather, the better the sauna. If you do plan on building a sauna however, I must warn you that the number of visitors to your home will suddenly increase!