What this guide will do is introduce you to materials, types of steam room, space preparation tips and a few other pertinent details. In no time you’ll have a better understanding of how to build a DIY steam room.
Example: Small tiled steam room with lounger built at home.
Planning the layout of your home steam room build
Once you know the dimensions you have to work with, in order to build your own steam room you will need to plan the layout. Your steam room interior will be made up of range of components that will need to work together. Here are some considerations:
- Steam room door: You’ll have a range of options for the door such as a pre-fabricated door or bespoke frameless glass. With a pre-fabricated door you can keep your costs down but you’ll have to design the rest of the steam room around it. Alternatively, a bespoke glass door can be made any size, be no threshold (great for wheelchair access) and will look stunning.
- Seating area: Your DIY home steam room cannot function with a seating area. You will need to consider the amount of the interior taken up by seating. Also consider the height of the seating and the materials it is built with. Usually the seating will be built in the style of the rest of the interior.
- Interior lighting: There’s a lot you can do with lighting in your wellness room. Consider such aspects as chromotherapy, starry sky ceiling lighting, mood lighting and more.
- Ventilation outlet: Although there is no requirement for ventilating your DIY home steam room, you will need to consider where the steam goes once you open the door. Depending on where you put the room, exterior ventilation should be a consideration.
- Steam generator: At the heart of every great steam room is the steam generator. The generator will need to be located outside the steam room in a dry and steam free environment. It will need a power supply and you’ll need to run a pipe from it into the room. Most notably, your steam room generator will need to be big enough to ensure the best possible wellness experience.
- Steam outlet: Not considered often enough, the steam outlet is a key element of your experience. A good outlet will give you extra control over your experience. It will also allow you to add scents and will protect you from accidental burning.
Example: Steam room build with frameless glass front and steam shower
Planning the construction of your DIY home steam room
When building your own home steam room you will need to plan the construction. Although, not a hugely difficult task to achieve, the planning must be done thoroughly if you want a steam room that will last.
- Floor: When constructing a bespoke sauna the floor does not need to be waterproof. Unfortunately with a DIY steam room that is not the case. As a result you will need to put in a drainage facility. You’ll also need to ensure waterproofing is installed on any joins.
- Walls: Your walls will need to be lined to ensure the steam does not escape the room and degrade the surrounding area. It’s important that this happens. Other considerations include a solid structure on which to build the interior.
- Benches: Construction consideration for your benches are sloping for condensation run off, hygienic materials such as bisazza tiling and ergonomics.
- Ceiling: As with the benches you will need to consider condensation run off. Interestingly, with the ceiling you can install a range of lighting options to further enhance your wellness experience. Lighting will need to be built into your ceiling.
This is just an outline of considerations for you build your own steam room at home. If you think the task may be too much for you get in touch with us and we will design and build a bespoke steam room to your exact requirements.
Frequently asked questions
Can you build your own steam room?
Yes, it is possible to build your own steam room at home with the right tools, materials, and knowledge. However, it is important to note that a bespoke steam room requires some technical skill. As a result, it is recommended that you consult with a professional contractor or plumber before beginning the project. Doing so will ensure that you meet all necessary safety and building codes.
Is it expensive to build a steam room?
The cost of building a steam room can vary depending on the size, materials, and features you choose. On average, it can cost between £2,500 and £10,000 to build a home steam room in the UK. Some of the factors that can affect the cost include the type of tiles, lighting, ventilation, seating, and control system you choose. It is important to have a clear budget in mind before starting the project. Do your research to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money.
What does it take to build a steam room?
To build a steam room, you will need to have a dedicated space that is well insulated and waterproofed. The room should be properly ventilated and have a drain to prevent moisture build-up. You will also need to install a steam generator, which will require electrical and plumbing work. Other elements to consider include seating, lighting, and controls. It is important to follow all safety guidelines and building codes when constructing a steam room to ensure that it is safe and functional.
How much is a steam room UK?
The cost of a steam room in the UK can vary depending on several factors, including the size, materials, and features you choose. On average, you can expect to pay between £2,500 and £10,000 for a home steam room. Shop around and compare prices to ensure you’re getting the best value for your money.
Is it OK to go in steam room everyday?
Going in a steam room every day can be safe for most people, as long as you stay hydrated and follow all safety guidelines. However, it is important to note that excessive steam exposure can lead to dehydration and overheating. It is recommended to limit steam room sessions to no more than 20 minutes at a time and to take breaks in between to cool down and rehydrate.
Can I turn my shower into a steam room?
It is possible to turn your shower into a steam room by installing a steam generator and adding a few extra features, such as a seat and lighting. However, this requires some technical skill and knowledge of plumbing and electrical work. It is recommended to consult with a professional before attempting to convert your shower into a steam room.
Is steam room as good as sauna?
Both steam rooms and saunas have their own unique health benefits and drawbacks. Steam rooms use moist heat to open up pores and promote relaxation, while saunas use dry heat to increase circulation and promote sweating. Both can be effective for relieving stress, improving skin health, and boosting immunity. The choice between a steam room and a sauna ultimately depends on your personal preferences and health needs.
Does a steam room need a water supply?
A steam room does require a water supply to operate, as it uses water to create steam. This water supply can come from an existing source, such as a shower or sink, or it can be installed separately as part of the steam room system.
Can I make a steam room in my bathroom?
Yes, it is possible to make a steam room in your bathroom, as long as you have a dedicated space that is well insulated