Building a sauna at home may seem like an extravagant purchase, however there are numerous benefits of having a sauna right on your doorstep. Saunas can help relieve stress, rid toxins from your body and soothe sore muscles so having one at home means that you can completely unwind without having to travel to and from a gym or spa. Because of this, more and more homeowners are investigating their options for at-home saunas.
One way to create a sauna at home is by buying a container. Shipping containers are easily accessible and can be converted to include all the elements of a fully-functional sauna. Take a look at our guide below to create your own sauna at home using a shipping container.
The Unconventional Use Of A Shipping Container For A Sauna
Some may argue that using a storage container is an unconventional way to create a sauna at home, but using a container unit means that your sauna is completely self-contained in a portable box.
One of the advantages of a shipping container sauna is that you have a unit that is self-contained and easily transportable. If you move house, for example, you can take your shipping container sauna to your new home by loading it on a flatbed truck and driving to a new location, rather than having to leave an expensive brick sauna behind for the next homeowners to enjoy!
The Design Process Behind A Container Sauna
Generally, saunas are low maintenance structures however when planning to build one, it’s important to think about the layout and consider the best configuration for your steam room. Using software such as CAD can make this process much easier and allow you to create multiple design options for your sauna layout. CAD also has the ability to create a visual representation of the final product so you can be sure it’s laid out exactly how you want it. If you need a CAD designer for your shipping container sauna, the team at S Jones Containers can help you with your design and answer any questions.
While you think about design, it’s also important to consider the electric outlets in an at-home sauna and how they will be integrated. If you’ve opted for an electric sauna stove then you will need an electrical supply. One option for a container sauna conversion is to install solar panels to generate electricity making the unit fully self-sufficient.
Converting Your Container Into A Sauna
Converting a shipping container into a sauna may feel like a difficult task, but with careful planning and guidance from a specialist container conversion company you can easily transform a unit into a functional steam room.
The container will need specific modifications to create a functional sauna. This includes benches, ventilation, heaters, and interior panelling. Many people allow room for a shower unit within their sauna design to make it fully self-contained and practical. You also need to consider any extra additions to add a luxury feel to the sauna, such as Bluetooth speakers or lighting to add extra ambience to the experience.
You can even transform the outside of the container to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Giving your container a new coat of paint not only adds additional protection to the steel, but there is also a vast range of colours available so you can choose a colour to blend in with the surroundings. Alternatively you can use timber cladding for a more rustic look that matches the interior of the sauna.
We recommend consulting with a specialist container conversion company for peace of mind as they can ensure that your at home sauna complies with all current legislation.
Advantages Of A Self Contained Sauna
There are many advantages to having a self-contained sauna at home.
Most at home saunas need consideration before installing, and homeowners need to ensure they have enough room in their house to fit the sauna equipment and fittings. The space must also have a non-permeable floor, sufficient steam ventilation and enough room for adequate electrical wiring to control the sauna.
With a self-contained shipping container sauna, you don’t need to worry as much about these considerations as the unit is purpose-built with these aspects in mind. As it includes all the essential elements needed for a functioning steam room, the container can be put anywhere where there is space – for example a garden – eliminating the need to take up any room inside the home.
Additionally, if an outdoor building is being considered you may have to submit planning permission. This makes shipping containers a preferable option for a sauna conversion as in the UK containers aren’t considered a permanent structure so don’t need planning permission.