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Why Buy a Do It Yourself Sauna Kit?


This is our feature sauna article on do it yourself sauna kits. Here are some great reasons why it makes great sense to buy a do it yourself sauna kit.

In the last 20 years, we have seen more and more home improvement projects become viable for the do-it-yourself home owner. Twenty years ago, when people wanted to buy a sauna, over 65% chose a prefab modular sauna kit and paid over $4,000 (today's cost is in the $5,800 to $8,000 range).

This article is one of many articles in our sauna library that are intended to guide you through buying a sauna, building a sauna and getting the most benefit from using your sauna - especially the do-it-yourself-sauna once it is built.

BEST SAUNA KIT - for DIY Sauna BuildingWant to Save Over $2,000 on a Do-It-Yourself Sauna?

With the development of excellent sauna installation instructions on How to Build a Sauna, today's home owner has become empowered to "do-it-yourself". With do-it-yourself (D-I-Y) sauna kits costing $2,400 to $5,400, a saving of $2,700 to $3,800 becomes powerful motivation to go the do-it-yourself route.

A Moment in History ...

The author was a founder of a sauna manufacturing company in 1974 and has observed the shifts in consumer preferences ever since. In 1976 1978, almost all the saunas sold were prebuilt saunas. By 1985, our DIY sauna kits were chosen by 40% of customers. Today, Do It Yourself sauna kit sales have over 80% of market share.

6 Reasons Why the Installation of a Do-It-Yourself Sauna Kit Makes Sense ...

There are 6 strong reasons why the Do It Yourself sauna kit has become such a popular choice among home owners today.
  1. Save Money When the typical saving is in the $2,000 to $3,200 range, the purchase of a D-I-Y sauna kit makes sense.
  2. Great Instructions are Available Most D-I-Y sauna kits come with excellent instructions that are matched to the parts in the sauna kit. If the kit comes with the best-seller sauna building book, The Art of Sauna Building, it is usually the sign of a good quality sauna kit.
  3. The Size and Layout can be Customized A do-it-yourself sauna kit can be easily customized by the manufacturer to fit any spot in the basement, beside the bathroom and actually anywhere in the home. The D-I-Y sauna kit even works well as an outdoor sauna kit.
  4. Creating Value in the Home An expenditure of $2,900 to $5,500 for a home sauna kit adds considerable value to the home. The rule of thumb is that the added value is about double the cost of the material as you are providing the labor.
  5. Personal Satisfaction Among the 65,000 saunas that were designed to the author's standards over the years, many were sold to customers who were not handy. But with good instructions, the saunas were successfully built, even by those not gifted with handiness. My favorite story is about two sisters sharing a home. They were not handy but they believed that this was the right thing to do as they could not afford a carpenter to install the sauna. They were meticulous in reading and following the instructions to the letter. Upon completion, they were ecstatic at their lovely creation. Their thank you letter to me is still prized in my memorabilia. (Yes, I sold a lot of D-I-Y sauna kits as a result of their connections!).
  6. Health Benefits The health benefits of a real sauna are well-known to all who use their saunas regularly. Want to reduce colds and the flu by 70%? Regular use of the sauna will boost your auto-immune system, Want to sleep better? You will after a sauna. Want to have younger-looking skin? The sauna has a way of making you shed the dead skin cells on your face. Is a D-I-Y sauna project starting to look good yet?

There are Alternatives to a Do It Yourself Sauna Project ...

If time is an obstacle to a sauna building project (it needs up to 30 hours), or you want the guarantee of a professional installation, consider the alternatives:
  1. Buy the same DIY sauna kit - Let a local carpenter install it for you. Pay them $1,400 to $2,200 to install it and get peace of mind along with a professional-looking job. (It's the same kit just a different installer).
  2. Buy a prefab sauna kit - Pay the manufacturer for the quality and the engineering. (Price range $4,500 to $7,500). It will be a do-it-yourself project to assemble it after arrival (allow 2 to 4 hours).

An Electrician will be Needed ...

A licensed electrician will be needed to do the electrical work. The wiring needs to be installed early in the construction process. Every home in North America has the 220-volt power needed it's the same hook-up as your kitchen stove.

The Best 5 Tips for a Do It Yourself Sauna Project ...

A sauna does not need plumbing. A sauna bucket will hold the water to throw on the stones to change the humidity.
  1. A drain is not needed. If water is used with some diligence, no drain is needed.
  2. Get the most important planning tool for a D-I-Y sauna installation Get a copy of the book, "The Art of Sauna Building".
  3. Buy the complete sauna kit from a manufacturer, their factory- sauna store or a local sauna dealer. You will save considerable time and frustration by buying a professional sauna kit for DIY installation from a knowledgeable supplier.
  4. Get the best advice from real sauna practitioners there is a lot of misleading and bad data on the internet today. The site licenced to use this article has credentials as a sauna specialist. The writer, known as the "Sauna-Guru" on the internet is also available if you need special advice.

Is a Sauna a Realistic D-I-Y Project?

Finland today has over 3 million saunas. Finland's population is 5.4 million. Most of their saunas were D-I-Y projects as every Finlander knows how to build a sauna. Do the math the answer will be in your new sauna! (If the statistic of the 3 million saunas in Finland shocks you, it came from the Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, at the International Sauna Congress 2010, held 27-28 May 2010, at the Tokyo Dome Hotel). Now, if you can't trust a Finn about your sauna, who can you trust?


Other Sauna Articles - Coming Soon ...
Finns cannot live without their sauna - Coming Soon
The Sauna's Place in Finnish Culture - Coming Soon
The Sauna's Place in Finnish Culture - Coming Soon

About the Writer

Writing as the "Sauna-Guru", Pertti Olavi Jalasjaa has written hundreds of articles about sauna benefits, sauna sweating, sauna use, sauna enjoyment and sauna history to increase the understanding of the awesome benefits of the Finnish sauna. A native of Finland, he is the author of the best-seller book, "The Art of Sauna Building".

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Contact Pertti Olavi Jalasjaa at: saunaguru@gmail.com





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