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Welcome to the Website of The Sauna Company, London’s leading designers and installers of bespoke luxurious saunas. We work with architects, private clients, beauty & health spas, hotels, leisure complexes and commercial developers to create saunas of exceptional quality and functionality. 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.

If you are looking for unbiased advice on installation of sauna in your existing or new house, then you have come to the right place. We are unparalleled in our undivided attention to our clients, we take pride in our high standards of professionalism, and we believe that no one else works harder to make sure you are completely satisfied with the end result. Our master craftsmen can install a sauna in even the most hard to reach and compact spaces, and we undertake the installation from start to finish. We can do the electrical work, tiling and also plumbing if required.

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.

Bespoke Designs

Each and every one of our saunas is bespoke, even our basic saunas comprise an element of personal touch. 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 illustration before any work starts 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 the basis of developed design.

Premium Finishes

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.

Quality Equipment

Only the most tried and tested equipment are used in our saunas, so 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 department is at its best. We do not skimp on associated materials and make sure that your sauna is as reliable and as energy efficient as possible.

SAUNA PRICES

Since all of our installations are bespoke, there is no price list as such, but here are some guide prices for saunas in traditional sizes and finishes:
Please note that these prices are for fully fitted saunas anywhere within the M25 (we do not sell DIY saunas):

Basic Sauna Range
Compact 2 person ‘Spruce’ sauna with 3.6 kW standard heater and door : £1,995
Small 3 person ‘Spruce’ sauna with 4.5 kW standard heater and door : £2,995
Medium 4 person ‘Spruce’ sauna with 6.0 kW standard heater and door : £3,995
Large 6 person ‘Spruce’ sauna with 8.0 kW standard heater and door : £4,995

Premium Sauna Range
Compact 2 person ‘Aspen’ sauna with 3.6 kW stainless steel heater and glass door : £3,995
Small 3 person ‘Aspen’ sauna with 4.5 kW stainless steel heater and glass door : £4,995
Medium 4 person ‘Aspen’ sauna with 6.0 kW stainless steel heater and glass door : £5,995
Large 6 person ‘Aspen’ sauna with 8.0 kW stainless steel heater and glass door : £6,995

Luxury Sauna Range
Small 3 person ‘Aspen’ sauna with 4.5 kW touch pad heater and one full side in glass : £6,995
Medium 4 person ‘Aspen’ sauna with 6.0 kW touch pad heater and one full side in glass : £7,995
Large 6 person ‘Aspen’ sauna with 8.0 kW touch pad heater and one full side in glass : £9,995

*Prices exclude VAT.

We also design and install steam rooms, please see our website www.steamroomcompany.co.uk to get the guide prices and more information.

SAUNA GUIDE

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.

Sauna Location

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.

Sauna Size

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.

Now 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.

Sauna Accessories

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.

Sauna Lighting

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.

Each of these different types of sauna light – or a combination of them – can be used to set a mood in your sauna.

Using pure white bulbs or tubes and setting them beneath the benches or enclosing them with slatted wooden covers gives your sauna a clean, designed, Scandinavian feel. Before you settle on where the lights are to be fixed, try to move them around before permanent fixing so that you can see where the shadows fall and what patterns they make.

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 dimly lit 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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