DIY Outdoor Sauna

DIY Outdoor Sauna

This was a last minute project I built in Fall 2009.  The size is approximately 5’x7’ with 7’ ceilings.  Most of the dimensional specs come from experts in the field on sauna construction and how heat builds within these rooms.  This DIY sauna project took about 2+ months of weekend work (some weekday nights).  Since the walls are 2×4 I had to gain as much insulation as possible so I used a 2” foam board between the joists.  Floors have 4”.  I then wrapped the entire inside with a reflective moisture barrier which was then taped to seal all seams.  Horizontal strapping followed at 16” O.C. which also created an air space so the finished wood could dry evenly.  95% of the sauna (walls, benches and ceiling are Eastern White Pine.  I did use...

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The Central Lawn

The Central Lawn

This is an ongoing project of the main lawn I am creating to bridge the space between two house and as a common lawn.  This space also divides two styles of landscape design. each style is divided by a connecting walk with a semi-circular area in the center where one can relax.  As you can see it is a work in progress and will continue to reshape and form these spaces.  Work includes to date deck, shed shaping and planting dune grasses as well as other plantings and maintaining the organic...

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Master Bathroom Project

Master Bathroom Project

This project was probably my biggest tile project i’ve tackled to date.  I used 16” square travertine on the floor set at 45 deg angle to the wall.  The walls and shower floor is 12” travertine.  This project is one I wouldn’t do again mainly because it required a lot of layout decision making.  Since I picked at this project over the course of 3 years while simultaneously working on other parts of the house it was difficult to keep track of where I left off.  Its now done and that is a big...

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Entry Tile Floor

Entry Tile Floor

As the house renovation was nearing completion the entry floor was ready to be installed.  Porcelain tile with additional border tile of glass & travertine.  This was a pretty straight forward project once final decision as to the tile layout.  Staggered pattern shown.  

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Grass Stair

Grass Stair

A four foot grade change gave me the opportunity to create a stair retaining wall to transition between the upper lawn and the lower lawn.  This is pretty simple construction since its only components are 4×6 Pressure Treated lumber, spiked and landscaping screws.

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