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Introduction

The Finnish sauna is designed to provide a comfortable place to relax and bathe. I consider the  major functions or steps in the use of the sauna to be changing clothes, heating up, cooling down, showering, drying off, dressing, eating, and drinking.

Technical functions include maintaining the heater and stones, firewood supply, building and managing fires, providing water for the stones, providing for linens, maintaining bathroom and shower supplies, cleaning the sauna room and other spaces, and maintaining good ambiance. If food and beverages are supplied, there will also be maintenance of some kitchen appliances and supplies.

The sauna room and supporting building, if separate, can be designed to provide for these functions. Some consideration for the selected functions and some thought on the surrounding environment and how it will be accessed and used in advance of construction is wise and reduces the change of additional and sometimes difficult modifications due to untimely afterthoughts.

Room
The sauna room.

House
The sauna house or bathhouse.

Web
Some useful sites.

Books
Some references.