Premium Cedar Sauna Choices


1. The Beauty of Western Red Cedar

Step into the world of sauna luxury with Homestead Timbers' Western Red Cedar. Beyond its captivating appearance, its unrivaled dimensional stability means minimal shrinkage or swelling, perfect for the humidity of saunas and hot tubs. Add to that its natural resistance to termites and insects, making it a durable choice. The open cellular structure of Western Red Cedar not only absorbs sound but resonates, creating an acoustic haven – an ideal choice for your sauna or music room. The aesthetic appeal with rich colors and tones transforms your outdoor space into a visual masterpiece.

2. White Cedar: The Warmth of Comfort

White Cedar, Sauna material

Homestead Timbers' White Cedar brings warmth and comfort to your sauna retreat. As a softwood, it quickly warms up, achieving the ideal sauna temperature while remaining gentle to the touch for ultimate relaxation. With medium decay resistance, it outshines alternatives like white fir and pine, ensuring longevity and resilience against mold or rot. White Cedar, a softwood gem, adds a budget-friendly cozy touch to your sauna experience, making every session a journey into comfort.

3. Kebony: A Silver-Grey Patina of Elegance

Kebony, Sauna material

Introducing Kebony, the only non-cedar option. It is a versatile option for those seeking high performance and aesthetics. Suitable for both internal and external applications, Kebony transcends expectations in decking, flooring, cladding, roofing, windows, and indoor/outdoor furniture. Over time, this exceptional wood acquires a silver-gray patina while maintaining its performance characteristics. Homestead Timbers ensures that Kebony, with improved durability and dimensional stability, becomes the preferred choice of leading architects and developers, allowing you to embrace wood without environmental concerns.

4. Log Sauna: Rustic Ambience

Crafted from Pine or Cedar logs, the sauna exudes a rustic charm that seamlessly blends with its surroundings. The warm hues and natural textures create an inviting atmosphere, inviting you to unwind and escape the stresses of daily life. It's a place where you can reconnect with the elements, immersing yourself in the primal comfort of fire and timber. 


Inside vs. Outside Saunas: Considerations for Assembly

Inside Saunas

  • Location: Choose a suitable indoor space for your sauna, preferably near a bathroom for easy access to shower facilities.
  • Ventilation: Proper ventilation is essential to prevent moisture buildup and ensure a comfortable sauna environment. Install vents or a small window to allow fresh air circulation.
  • Flooring: Select non-porous flooring materials like ceramic tile or sealed hardwood to withstand heat and moisture exposure.
  • Electrical Connections: Ensure there's access to a dedicated power supply for your sauna heater. Hire a professional electrician to handle any wiring requirements.

Outside Saunas

  • Site Selection: Pick a level area in your backyard or garden with good drainage for your outdoor sauna. Consider privacy and aesthetics when choosing the location.
  • Foundation: Construct a sturdy foundation using concrete or gravel to support the sauna structure and withstand outdoor elements.
  • Weatherproofing: Use weather-resistant materials such as cedar or treated lumber for the sauna walls and roof. Apply sealants or stains to protect against moisture and UV damage.
  • Accessibility: Create a pathway leading to your outdoor sauna, ensuring easy access without trampling through grass or mud.

What is a Himalayan Rock Salt Wall?

Rock salt walls, also known as Himalayan salt walls, are a popular addition to saunas due to their aesthetic appeal and potential health benefits. 

  1. Design:

    • Rock salt walls are typically made by stacking Himalayan salt blocks or bricks against a wall within the sauna.
    • These salt blocks are usually made from pure, natural Himalayan salt mined from the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan.
    • The blocks are often illuminated from behind with low-heat lighting to create a soft, warm glow that enhances the ambiance of the sauna.
  2. Benefits:

    • Air purification: Himalayan salt is believed to have natural air-purifying properties. When heated, the salt releases negative ions which can help to neutralize pollutants and allergens in the air. This can create a cleaner and more refreshing environment within the sauna.
    • Respiratory health: Inhaling the salt-infused air may have potential benefits for respiratory health. Some people believe that the salt particles can help to alleviate symptoms of conditions such as asthma, allergies, and sinus congestion by promoting easier breathing and reducing inflammation.
    • Relaxation and stress relief: The warm glow of the salt wall, combined with the gentle heat and soothing ambiance of the sauna, can promote relaxation and stress relief. Many people find the experience of sitting in a sauna with a salt wall to be calming and rejuvenating.
    • Skin health: Some proponents suggest that the minerals present in Himalayan salt, such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium, may be beneficial for the skin. Sitting in a sauna with a rock salt wall may help to promote healthy skin by improving circulation, detoxifying pores, and enhancing skin hydration.
    • Improved mood: The soft lighting and tranquil atmosphere created by a rock salt wall can contribute to an overall sense of well-being and mood improvement. The experience of spending time in a sauna with a salt wall can be both relaxing and uplifting for many individuals.

It's important to note that while many people believe in the potential benefits of rock salt walls in saunas, scientific research supporting these claims is limited. However, the aesthetic appeal and relaxing ambiance they provide can still make them a popular choice for sauna enthusiasts.


Conclusion: Crafting Your Sauna Retreat with Homestead Timbers

As you are creating your sauna sanctuary, Homestead Timbers offers an array of premium cedar and other options, that combine efficiency with style. From the timeless allure of Western Red Cedar to the warmth of White Cedar, the contemporary charm of Kebony, and the ambience of a log sauna. Each choice ensures your sauna experience is nothing short of extraordinary. Choose Homestead Timbers for a sauna retreat that not only meets but exceeds your expectations.