How Much Does It Cost to Build A Home Sauna?

Jesse Teske Jesse Teske

Saunas were designed to provide the body with relaxation, as well as to support muscle repair after exercise and to improve blood circulation throughout the body. Home saunas, on the other hand, can be far more beneficial.

Aside from the natural comfort that saunas provide, the home sauna owner has the option of sharing their DIY project with only those they choose to invite in their private sauna.  However, many factors must be considered when thinking of building a home sauna.  One of the most important factors is the cost of building a home sauna.

Cost of Building A Home Sauna

The average cost to build a home sauna can range from $2,500 up to $7,000.  It can be costly depending on the type of sauna being built.  The materials to build a home sauna can be pricey; however, many local hardware stores and large distribution centers may have lower-priced materials to construct a home sauna.

Cost of Building A Standard Household Sauna (DIY)

A standard household sauna measures 8 x 5 feet or 40 square feet. A 40 square foot model can accommodate three to four people. This sauna design will cost between $110 and $120 per square foot to build.

Cost of Installing A Prefab Sauna (with labor and installation costs)

A larger prefab model typically measures 96 square feet.  These home saunas can accommodate five to seven people and cost at least $6,000 or more. This draws the cost per square foot between $65 to $75.  Additionally, labor and installation costs must also be considered to determine an overall cost.  This average price range for labor and installation of a prefab sauna is between $3,000 to $6,000.

Additional Costs of Building or Installing An-At Home Sauna

Some additional costs to consider when building and installing a new sauna are the possible requirement of new wiring and circuit connections.  It is best to hire the services of a professional electrician.  Electricians charge, on average, $75 per hour.

Advantages of Building an At-Home Sauna

Experience Privacy

The clearest advantage of an at-home sauna is the unique experience of a private steam room getaway in the comfort of one's residence.  Privacy delivers a leisurely, stress-free setting than a public sauna.  The owner of the at-home sauna decides who they wish to join them, making the experience more relaxing.

Increases Property Value

At-home saunas can be an appealing addition to a home because they can increase the property's value. If the homeowner decides to sell their home, they will have made a wise investment in the value of the asset by constructing an at-home sauna. Homes with conventional add-ons tend to appeal more to both buyers and real estate investors. Many people prefer homes with amenities such as swimming pools, spas, and saunas, which means the owner or realtor can raise the property's price as needed.

Different Types of Saunas

Infrared Sauna

An infrared Sauna is an ancient Finnish tradition dating back thousands of years.  It is primarily used for recreation and therapeutic purposes. The infrared light emitted from the heater penetrates muscles fibers and increases blood flow and circulation throughout the body.

Building an infrared sauna can cost between $2,000 to $8,000, not including installation and other associated costs.  Infrared saunas produce a full spectrum of heat—close or far from the heat source.  They are easy to operate, heat quickly, plumbing is not required, and typically use a standard electric outlet. The dryness of the infrared heat makes it easier for people to sweat at lower temperatures than other traditional saunas.

Steam Sauna

Steam saunas are enclosed spaces that are heated with steam. The temperatures vary, but steam rooms are typically kept somewhere around 110°. Steam rooms are heated by a generator filled with boiling water. The humidity facilitates similar health benefits to an infrared sauna. 

The cost to build a steam sauna depends on the size, type, material, and construction labor.  However, the national average price range to build a steam sauna is between $3,000 to 10,000.   Building at-home steam sauna installation and other labor costs are around the same price range as most saunas—$300 to $2,500.

Indoor Sauna

These saunas are usually built for a small social setting with a few numbers of people.  When building an inside at-home sauna, the room should have plenty of room to install and navigate safely.  Infrared saunas are the best choice when building an inside sauna.  Infrared saunas are generally smaller in size and weight than other saunas.   Indoor infrared saunas should be installed on a level surface with a floor made of tile, concrete, wood, stone, and laminate or wood.

The average cost to build an indoor sauna is between $2,000 to $6,000.  Additional components will increase the value of the sauna in the event the owner sells the home; however, it can tack on an extra few thousand dollars.

Outdoor Sauna

If an at-home sauna is built at home, then an infrared sauna isn’t the ideal choice because it isn’t equipped for all kinds of weather.  The best sauna to build outdoor would be a steam sauna because it is more durable in inclement weather as opposed to other kinds of saunas.

Standard saunas are usually seven feet in height and have at least one wooden bench for comfort.  Saunas with customizable seating allow the user to choose the most comfortable temperature. Because heat rises, lower benches provide lower overall temperature changes. Typically, the cost of constructing an outdoor sauna ranges between $3,000 and $7,000.

What to Consider When Choosing Between Building a Home Sauna or Choosing A Sauna Kit

Installing a home sauna kit doesn't always demand a strong background or knowledge of construction. Apart from the cost-effective benefit, there aren't many more costs to consider unless the sauna being built is smaller than 4x6.  If that is the case, an electrician will wire the necessary circuit.   At-home sauna kits are one of the best-value accommodations in a residence if the owner doesn't want to spend extra money. Sauna kits are available that make transforming a living space into a sauna using a relatively simple procedure.

Prefab saunas such as those sold by Clearlight Jacuzzi & Dundalk Barrel Saunas can cost up to $14,000, not including other costs that may be added to complete the prefab sauna.

Sun Home Sauna Kits

Sun Home provides the finest quality sauna kits, including infrared saunas, traditional saunas, ice barrels, red light therapy, steam showers, massage chairs, and more.  Please contact us today for more information.

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