A spa bathroom is one of the most popular remodeling trends for luxury updates to a home. A sauna or steam room is a lavish addition to a master bedroom suite or exercise room that enhances your property and adds to its appeal.
Saunas Versus Steam Rooms
A sauna is a wooden enclosure that uses dry heat and is common in Scandinavian countries. A steam room uses water in conjunction with heat to provide a moist, hot environment. Both are used use for relaxation. They can provide relief for some medical conditions such as arthritis and congestion.
The temperature of a sauna is generally 160-200 degrees Fahrenheit, while a steam room is typically between 110-114 degrees Fahrenheit.
DIY Saunas And Steam Rooms
Provided there is enough square footage to accommodate the facility, a competent DIY craftsman can add a sauna to an existing bathroom. There are self-install kits available as well as plans and specifications to build these enclosures.
When pricing pre-fabricated kits, compare all the features to be certain they offer the same amenities. Prices vary and different manufacturers offer bare-bones kits as well as ready-to-enjoy kits that include everything required to complete the project.
Do your research when planning your project, and determine the difference in price between kits and a complete do-it-yourself project. Kits are convenient, but the extra cost may outweigh the convenience.
The Right Tools For The Job
When planning a DIY remodeling project, consider the tools you will need to complete the job. Many tools are standard and found in most home craftsmen’s workshops. However, specialty tools that are seldom used may be costly. If a tool is needed for one specific task and may never to be used again, consider renting the implement from a store specializing in daily rentals.
As you prepare to start your remodeling project, make sure your tools are in good working order. Humid conditions put extra stress on many tools both mechanically and electrically. WD-40 uses a water displacement formula to make electrical connections dry when humid air causes condensation on connectors. This product is also indispensible to keep mechanical devices running smoothly and inhibits rust.
A spa bath remodeling project can be a major undertaking. However, it is one that provides comfort, relaxation and a sense of luxury that makes your home inviting and a restful haven at the end of a busy day. DIY projects can be a challenge, but with the proper tools and a good plan, the outcome is well worth the effort.