Hey, it’s the first WIP Wednesday post! What are you working on in your home and in your community?
Come share your stories, your pictures, your visions, your victories and your failures! We’re here to cheer you on, share our suggestions, commiserate in your woes, and celebrate your victories!
When I moved to Tacoma, I knew the weather was going to be tough for me. I told my community that I would need somewhere to be warm ALL THE TIME and they agreed to build a sauna on the property with me!
After looking at every corner of the yard for a good place to put it, and searching online for saunas and kits, we realized the solution was right in front of us: this roughly-finished shed attached to the garage.
The plan is to:
- Move that door to the opposite corner of the building
- Build an 8’ x 6’ sauna in the corner where the door currently is
- Finish the whole room with insulation & drywall
- Install sitting & laying benches along the walls
- Put in lots of windows, skylights, and lights
- plus one thousand minor details
Here are the rough (always changing) plans, and some of the pile of scratch paper I’ve been using for the BOM:
It’s been “exciting” so far… we learned that our house electrical box was an out-of-date fire hazard, and we would have to replace the entire panel (and have it moved!) before any electrician would run the 240v supply out to the sauna. I’ve learned a lot about power, insulation, ventilation, framing, and moisture control without having actually DONE anything yet. Not to mention the universal struggle to find lumber, especially nice cedar.
BUT! We found a lumber source and we’re getting cedar this weekend! We got an electrical quote that’s actually quite reasonable! And the community approved the sauna expenses as an equity contribution!
So things are slowly coming together… just in time for summer
If you’ve built one of these, god would I love to hear from you… or if you’re generally just handy. I have SO MANY open questions. If you’re curious about this project, I’d be happy to share the more detailed plans, BOM, and whatever else I know.