Everyone dreams of adding spa-like features to their personal residence. Items such as jacuzzies, serene bathrooms, and saunas in your home can bring a convenient sense of luxury to your day-to-day life. Installing these features is a lot easier than you may think. If you have the space in your basement for a home sauna installation, here is everything you need to know to get the project started.

Home Sauna Installation Types

To clear things up – a sauna is a small room or structure that can be heated anywhere from 100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Through steam and heat, a sauna will force you to produce sweat which can have detoxifying and other health benefits.

There are two common types of saunas available:

  • Dry Heat
    • Most commonly used in residential homes and in wood-clad rooms
    • Can be heated by wood, electricity, or gas
    • Also available as infrared saunas where heat is emitted from infrared lamps
  • Moist, Humid Heat
    • Typically, walls are covered in tile
    • Water boiler produces a hot, moist heat


Why You Need a Sauna

Saunas not only provide a great way to relax after a long day, they provide ample health benefits from continued use. These health benefits include detoxification, increased metabolism, weight loss, increased blood circulation, pain reduction, antiaging, skin rejuvenation, improved cardiovascular function, improved immune function, improved sleep, stress management, and relaxation.

And if the health benefits were not enough, saunas can bring an appealing design element to your space. The parallel natural cedar planks and washed stone accents offer a serene and lavish fee typically only found at hotels and spas – now found in the comfort of your basement.

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What to Include in Your Sauna Project

There will be lots of decisions involved in planning your sauna project from deciding which heat source you will use to deciding how your sauna will look overall.


  • Wall Coverings
    Most residential home saunas will be equipped with wood-clad walls, however there is also the option to install tile on your sauna walls. Cedar plank is typically the choice for wood-clad walls as it holds up to wet conditions very well. Other options for wood-clad walls include poplar, hemlock, basswood, spruce, and pine. For a sauna that does not use steam, such as an infrared sauna, you do not have to worry about how your wall coverings will repel water.
  • Sauna Access
    To enter your new sauna room or structure, you will need to decide which type of door to use. You can opt for an all-wood door to match your wood-clad walls, a glass door, or a combination of the two. A full-glass panel will give your sauna a more modern look while an all-wood panel fits in great with a rustic, mountain vibe.
  • Heat Source
    As previously stated, there are many options for deciding how you will heat your sauna. If you opt for a dry heat sauna, you will heat your sauna with wood, gas, or electricity. You will add moisture to the air by pouring water over stones and the moisture will be heated through your heat source. Another dry heat sauna is the infrared sauna. Powered by electricity, infrared lamps directly heat up your body to begin perspiration.


Sometimes, it is possible to find all the elements you need for your sauna in a sauna kit. The kits will include a self-contained sauna room that can be installed in any part of your house. In some cases, you may need to install a concrete slab to support the sauna or run additional electrical power sources.

For needs specific to your home or your personal preferences, you can also install a completely custom sauna. Working with a professional sauna contractor, you will be able to design and build the sauna you have always wanted right down to the finishes, number of seats, and fun amenities.

How Much Does a Sauna Cost

The cost to install a sauna in your home will vary drastically depending on the type and quality of sauna you choose and your geographical location. A fairly simple sauna will cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 dollars. This does not include sauna installation cost or any additional wiring or concrete that is required for proper installation. There are also technology features and other add-ons that can increase this cost further.


Who To Hire For Home Sauna Installation

To complete an infrared sauna installation or any other type of sauna it will take the work of an expert team. Deciding to work with a professional home sauna installation contractor will take some of the strain off your shoulders for your sauna project. A team of experts will know every step and each detail that goes into a proper installation and will keep you informed along the way. They will scope out a location in your home that works best for your new sauna and provide you with an accurate sauna installation cost. Soon enough you will be on your way to adding a luxurious feature right into your personal home.

If you are considering a home sauna installation in Toronto, contact GoodReno today! With our extensive experience installing saunas, we will work with you to develop a plan that works for your home and your budget. The sauna you have always wanted does not have to be a far-off dream. Give GoodReno a call today!

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