THE SAUNA COMPANY
CUSTOM MADE SAUNAS & STEAM ROOMS
Welcome to the Website of The Sauna Company, London’s leading designers and installers of bespoke saunas & steam rooms, all our saunas are designed by experts and installed by skilled craftsmen on time and for a fixed price.
Below are some of the saunas designed and installed by our competent sauna builders.
HAMPSTEAD SAUNA & STEAM COMBO
Designed by Italian architect Claudio Silvestrin and installed in the basement of a Hampstead house, this sauna and steam combination is made of Aspen wood and Italian Dolomite stone. Both steam and sauna are controlled by similar looking touchscreens and the shower in the middle is shared by the adjoining swimming pool.
MAYFAIR POOLSIDE SAUNA
The project brief from the designers of this minimalistic contemporary home was for the sauna to follow the straight lines of the pool and associated facilities, and that was achieved by having a black sauna shell clad in aspen slats and a matching basic bench.
NORTHWOOD FEATURE WALL SAUNA
As the customers were very keen to show off a specialist plaster finish in the whole pool / spa / sauna are, we decided to keep the wall in plaster and put the benches on the other two walls. The sauna heater stones match the feature wall finish and soft lighting finishes the look.
SOUTHGATE COMMERCIAL SAUNA
Designed for a bather load of up to 6 in a commercial setting, this sauna is finished in our standard aspen panels complete with split-face slate tiles so as not to break the bank but still look decent. The 18kW three phase heater does the job brilliantly.
ST JOHN'S WOOD DEEP SAUNA
Our clients instructed us to design a sauna that would run at higher temperatures for extended periods of time and with lots of water going on to the heater. So we made this entire sauna out of the heavy duty bench timber and it came out looking fantastic.
NOTTING HILL SMALL BASEMENT SAUNA
We were invited to install a small two seater sauna in the basement of this mews house in Notting Hill Gate, and the customer wanted to have as little wood as possible. The installation has one fixed L shaped backrest, two portable benches and a sauna heater cover made out of aspen and the walls are finished in stucco plaster.
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GUIDE PRICES FOR SAUNAS & STEAM ROOMS
Our saunas are designed to your requirements and are constructed using the best possible materials after careful consideration to aesthetics and anticipated use. We install sauna heaters, sauna controls and allied sauna equipment that have proven track record for performance and are sourced from established brands using reliable suppliers. We work with architects, private clients, beauty & health spas, hotels, leisure complexes and commercial developers to create saunas of exceptional quality and functionality.
Each and every one of our saunas is bespoke, we do not supply DIY or flat pack saunas, period. Our designers will speak to you to get an idea of what you want and, with input from our technical department, produce a concept design for your approval. Once we have agreed on the concept and you have placed the order, you will get a 3-D sketch before we start any work on site. In some cases, our clients do have a concept design ready, and we are happy to provide a free survey and fix price quote on that basis.
We can offer the sauna panels in pine, spruce, hemlock or the super luxurious aspen. Sauna finish has come a long way in the last few years and the panels are nowadays installed horizontally to give the feeling of space and continuity with the benches. For added effect, the saunas can also be panelled in black thermo-ash to give the unique smoke sauna look, and these black panels look superb with light coloured aspen benches. We use concealed indirect LED lighting for a non-intrusive glare free sauna experience.
Only the most tried and tested equipment are used in our saunas. The sauna heaters and controls are from Tylo, Harvia, Tulikivi, EOS or Karava. Having said that, a good sauna installation is more than sourcing the best equipment and putting them together, the system needs to be well coordinated to extract the best out of the individual components, and that’s where our technical expertise is put to good use, we make sure that your sauna is reliable and as energy efficient as possible. All our saunas come with luxury headrests, hygrometer, bucket, ladle & sand timer as standard.
Since all of our installations are bespoke, there is no price list as such, but here are some guide prices for FULLY FITTED saunas & steam rooms anywhere within Greater London in traditional sizes and finishes:
Basic Sauna Range
Compact 2 person ‘Spruce’ sauna (2 sqm plan area) with 3.6 kW standard heater and wooden door : £3,995*
Small 3 person ‘Spruce’ sauna (2.5 sqm plan area) with 4.5 kW standard heater and wooden door : £4,495*
Medium 4 person ‘Spruce’ sauna (3 sqm plan area) with 6.0 kW standard heater and wooden door : £4,995*
Large 6 person ‘Spruce’ sauna (4 sqm plan area) with 9.0 kW standard heater and wooden door : £5,995*
Premium Sauna Range
Compact 2 person ‘Aspen’ sauna (2 sqm plan area) with 4.5 kW stainless steel heater and glass door : £4,995*
Small 3 person ‘Aspen’ sauna (2.5 sqm plan area) with 6.0 kW stainless steel heater and glass door : £5,995*
Medium 4 person ‘Aspen’ sauna (3 sqm plan area) with 9.0 kW stainless steel heater and glass door : £6,995*
Large 6 person ‘Aspen’ sauna (4 sqm plan area) with 12.0 kW stainless steel heater and glass door : £7,995*
Luxury Sauna Range
Small 3 person ‘Aspen’ sauna (2.5 sqm plan area) with 6.0 kW touch pad heater and one full side in glass : £6,995*
Medium 4 person ‘Aspen’ sauna (3 sqm plan area) with 9.0 kW touch pad heater and one full side in glass : £7,995*
Large 6 person ‘Aspen’ sauna (4 sqm plan area) with 12.0 kW touch pad heater and one full side in glass : £8,995*
Luxury Steam Rooms
Compact single person mosaic steam room (1 sqm plan area) with 3.0 kW steam generator and glass door : £3,995*
Small 2 person mosaic steam room (2 sqm plan area) with 6.0 kW steam generator and glass door : £5,995*
Medium 4 person dual finish (tiles + mosaic) steam room (3 sqm plan area) with 9.0 kW steam generator and one full side in glass : £7,995*
Large 6 person dual finish (tiles + mosaic) steam room (4 sqm plan area) with 12.0 kW steam generator and one full side in glass : £9,995*
*All prices include VAT.
If you are reading this, we know that you understand the importance of having a competently and considerately designed sauna installed in a professional way for the safety of your family. We just want you to know that we understand that as well; all our saunas are tested on installation to ensure that they provide years of safe and enjoyable use.
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SAUNA KNOWLEDGE BASE
For hundreds of years people have been talking sauna baths to improve their health, to feel relaxed and for their general wellbeing.
A good sauna will warm you to your very bones and soothe your tired muscles. It will help you sweat and that helps your body remove toxins and impurities. Your pores open and the dirt of day-to-day life is more easily washed off. The cooling shower in the middle of a sauna session will help improve your circulation. Sitting with friends in a quiet, subtly lit sauna seems to have an effect on the spirit and the mind that very few other things do.
People have been taking saunas for hundreds of years simply because it makes them feel better. The Sauna Company offers a comprehensive range of saunas that are designed and built using the best materials and incorporating the latest technology.
In its simplest form, a traditional home sauna for up to two bathers is perfect for a low cost simple installation. Our range features large expanses of glass, a modern design and a decorative finish producing a sauna that not only makes a strong design statement in any contemporary bathroom or spa but also delivers a sensation of space from a relatively small footprint.
If you are looking to install a larger sauna, we can offer you a sauna built to your own exact style and specification in any of the finishes you prefer. From traditional to modern, from small to large and for home or commercial installations, The Sauna Company has a sauna that is perfect for your needs.
Before choosing which sauna is right for you though, there are a few things to consider and probably the first decision to be made is, where should your sauna be? In the past, saunas were often hidden away in basements and garages but the modern sauna deserves to take pride of place in an en-suite bathroom, a home gym or health spa.
The sauna will need a power supply for the heater, lights and a sound system, and since the best way to enjoy your sauna is in conjunction with a shower to use between 10 to 15 minute sauna bathing sessions, it will makes sense to place your sauna where there is, or can be, a shower nearby.
But be adventurous; many of our saunas have large glazed areas and if you can be sure that you won’t be overlooked, a sauna with a view is a genuine delight. All sauna doors should open outwards and so your sauna needs to be somewhere there is room for the door to open and where it cannot become blocked.
The Sauna Company offers free site surveys to ensure that your sauna is placed in the best possible location.
The next consideration might be, what size should your sauna be? The Sauna Company saunas range in size from those that are suited just to a couple of bathers to ones that eight people or more can enjoy at a time. Glazed panels and doors give even the smaller saunas a sense of space and a larger sauna will take longer to heat so simply choose a size that is adequate for the number of people likely to be enjoying it. There is little value in going overboard for less likely bather loads.
Sauna Safety Considerations
There is nothing dangerous about sauna bathing, but it’s always wise to use a little common sense, so here are a few things you should bear in mind.
Always use the ladle to pour water on the stones. It keeps you away from the first burst of steam.
Never wear any jewellery in your sauna. The metal could heat up and burn you.
Don’t eat or drink alcohol in your sauna.
Don’t eat a big meal just before you take a sauna.
Drink plenty of cool water after your sauna. The sauna will make you sweat and you need to replace that liquid.
If you have high blood pressure you should avoid the sauna or at least consult your doctor first.
Don’t stay in the sauna for more than 30 minutes. 15 or 20 minutes is a better length for most people. Have a cooling shower and then you can go back.
If, as we have suggested, your sauna is located near a shower, it would be sensible to have non-slip flooring between the two.
All sauna doors should open outwards for safety reasons, and the door should not be lockable or be able to be accidentally jammed shut.
A sauna can run at up to 100deg C so there should be no metal nail heads or screws on the inside that could scald bathers. Knots in the wood will heat up more than plain timber so they should be avoided as well.
Light fittings should be approved for sauna use and wired in by a qualified electrician.
The floor immediately outside the sauna door should have some sort of non-slip covering.
A sauna is a healthy place, a haven, almost a place of refuge from the strain and stress of the modern world. A little common sense will mean that you and your family can always enjoy your sauna in safety.
Sauna Running Costs
Throughout the world, the sauna heater manufacturers are continually trying to design and build a more efficient sauna heater and so it is no surprise that the modern range of our saunas are amongst the more efficient and economical to run than ever before.
The size of your sauna heater will vary according to the size of your sauna, but the average family sauna runs on a heater that is 6kW. This size of sauna will take up to an hour to get up to temperature. And of course, different people will have their thermostat set to different temperatures. Somewhere between 80deg C and 100deg C is most popular with the lower end of that range being more usual for a family sauna and the most comfortable setting.
So if the sauna has taken an hour to get up to temperature, and that has used 6kWh at an average cost of 15 pence per kWh so – 90 pence. Running the sauna will then cost a bit less than 90p an hour dependant on how often you open and close the door. But in any event, you are looking at approximately £1.50 to have an hour’s sauna in your own home.
You might even include the cost of your post-sauna shower, but cool-down showers during your sauna session should be taken cool or cold anyway and so cost very little. Keeping your sauna clean and fresh looking takes little more than a brush and some soapy water so no real cost incurred there. A sauna is incredibly cheap to run especially compared to the enjoyment and benefits that it can give you and your family and friends.
The Sauna Company can design and install saunas that range in size from those that are suited just to a couple of bathers to ones that eight people or more can enjoy at a time.
Your sauna is a place to relax, unwind and feel good about yourself, so a few well-chosen accessories can certainly add to that feeling.
A good sauna thermometer has obvious benefits but in addition to that, a hygrometer for your sauna will let you see exactly how moist the air is. A thermo-hygrometer is a sauna accessory that combines both of these devices into a single unit so that you can check on both the temperature and the moisture content of the air in your sauna at a glance. A sauna bucket or pail and a ladle are probably the most obvious sauna accessory. The bucket holds the water that you splash on to the hot coals for that all-important Löyly – the hot steam associated with a traditional sauna – and the ladle not only measures out a small amount of water for you but also keeps your hands clear of that first burst of steam.
Sauna sand timers are rather like large, old-fashioned egg timers. Sand in an hour-glass that measures usually a maximum of twenty minutes in five minute sections so that you can time your sauna stay to a nicety. The Sauna Company has a forward looking approach to sauna design and installation, and we can procure a range of accessories that will not only match the sauna beautifully but also add a stylish touch to any sauna. There is a complete range of ladles, buckets, thermometers, hygrometers and timers in blonde wood with aluminium detailing; a similar range in birch with stainless steel detail and their classic accessories feature traditionally made buckets and ladles with hemp handles and loops.
Your sauna is a place to relax so the lighting in your sauna is essential to establishing the right mood and feel. And sometimes the location of your sauna may have little or no natural light, so sauna lighting is also essential for safety.
Sauna lights come in three main types; bulb, LED strip and fibre optic sauna lighting. Within those three types, there is a huge range of styles and prices.
Bulb lights are the cheapest and also the easiest to replace. Just like anywhere in your home, after a time the bulb will go and you simply replace it with a new one. You can also have a range of different coloured bulbs to create different moods and change them accordingly and use a dimmer switch to raise or lower the light levels.
Fibre optic lights come in different colour options as well. With a fibre optic set up, the light source is outside the sauna and the light is ‘beamed’ into the sauna along fibre optic cables that can be put anywhere you want, even right above the stove or heater. A colour wheel can be installed between the light source and the fibre optic cables to give a continually changing lighting effect.
LED Strip lights are very efficient and can be used so that your sauna has as few shadows as possible or they can be placed under the benches, for instance, so that the light shines through the slats and creates patterns upon the wall.
Using simple colours can alter the mood dramatically. A warm light will make the sauna feel hotter but can also be comfortable, intimate and relaxing. Choosing a blue light might seem a strange choice but it will make your sauna feel mellow and romantic. Fibre optic sauna lights can be set up to either use a single colour or run through a program of different shades, which can have a very stylish effect. The lights themselves can be positioned anywhere you like – although only a fibre optic light can be put directly above the sauna stove.
A sauna should never be over-lit, they are places of relaxation, but choosing the right level of light can make a large sauna feel more intimate or a small sauna feel more airy. Mood lighting is also popular and many people like to add essential oils to the water that they throw on the hot stones.
Sauna Sound Systems
Although traditional saunas used to be completely silent places with no background sound and the purists of sauna still maintain that, for some of us, the ability to listen to our favourite music as the sauna eases away the aches and cares of their day, is an option too good to miss.
The simplest way to be able to enjoy music in your sauna is to install a pair of speakers and have them connected to your home stereo or radio. Because of the high heat and humidity in a sauna, you do need to be careful what sort of speakers you choose however. Speakers with paper cones will simply not stand up to the conditions.
The Sauna Company supplies and installs weatherproof 50W speakers designed specifically for use in saunas and steam rooms. They come in two designs; one for surface mounting under the lower sauna bench, and the other for recessed installation into the sauna wall.
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