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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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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Bathroom Project

Bathroom Project

Added this bathroom project to our list before taking on a major construction project involving the rest of our house.  This was a complete remodel but for this post I wanted to just focus in on the tile.  This was the first time I had the opportunity to use an electric floor heat mat under the tile.  It was relatively easy to install and most step-by-step procedures are available from the...

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