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Building A Sauna In Your Basement

What could be among the best ways to obtain extra miles with all the empty living space or room in your basement? Since there are many ideas to fill the empty space in your basement, one of these ideas is building a sauna in your basement.


Building A Sauna In Your Basement

Remember that while you may have a gym membership, having an in-home sauna is more sanitary in the cold weather months. Especially when the flu, along with colds, are going around. Moreover, on cold, wet days, it is much easier to remain indoors and make use of your sauna. Before you begin shelling out the funds to build a sauna here is a few things to keep in mind.

  • Survey Your Space
  • Flooring Choice
  • Ventilation
  • Insulation
  • Vapor barrier
  • Cedar Planks

Surveying Your Space, Flooring Choices, And Ventilation

It is always important to survey the space that you will be building the sauna and home gym in. Sketching your idea down on graphing paper and blocking out the area in the basement helps to give you an excellent visual of the space and what you want to build there. The basement may need to be reshuffled a bit to create a space that will be large enough for a sauna and home gym while leaving extra space for an entertainment and living area. Don’t forget to include the ceiling height so that you will have enough headroom for the equipment that you will be including in the space. 

Because the majority of unfinished basements have raw concrete slabs as the floor or have tile covering the concrete. It is important to install a floor that will have some give to it as well as support. Especially since having a heavyweight drop on a tile floor will crack it. The least expensive flooring option is a rubber floor that locks together and is commonly found in professional gyms. Since a rubber floor isn’t attractive, you will want to get something that is functional and looks great.  While it is a little more expensive, carpeting offers a nice bounce and support. No matter what type of flooring you choose, having the right flooring will keep you comfortable and will help muffle the noise.

Ventilation is an important factor in any gym. Especially for a gym in the basement, where it is less common to have windows. If the ceiling is high enough make sure that you install several ceiling fans to cover the space. If there isn’t enough headspace for ceiling fans, then several freestanding ones will work just as well. The fans will help move the air around and keep you cool during your workouts. They will also stop “gym stink” from developing in the space.

Building The Sauna

The size of your sauna will depend on the size of the space and the number of family members that will be most likely to use it. Keep that in mind when planning your budget. If money and budget aren’t a problem, then you can have a custom sauna built in a portion of the basement. When creating a custom sauna make sure that you talk with a professional to consider all of your options. Without missing any of the important steps.

Insulation, Vapor Barrier, And Cedar Planks

When building your sauna, it is important to make sure that the walls are adequately insulated. For interior walls and the ceiling  R11 insulation works well and R19 insulation for the exterior walls. Having proper insulation will keep the generated heat inside the sauna, which will save money and energy while it is working to maintain temperature.

Adding a vapor barrier over the insulation is important to have. This prevents the steam from making its way out of the sauna and into the walls where it can cause water damage. Reflective foil is a good choice to use for this. Since it serves as a vapor barrier and reflects the heat back into the sauna.

Cedar planks are used in saunas and on benches because it resists moisture, insects, and mold. Besides being soft to the touch, the cedar is also strong and resilient. When warm cedar releases a relaxing scent. If you are installing a custom sauna, consider using cedar as the material for it. While it’s not cheap cedar is the perfect wood to include in your sauna.

Sauna Kits

If you are on a limited budget or are working with a smaller space, then a sauna kit is a better choice to use. The kits come assembled and are ready to set into position as well as be hooked up to the requisite utilities. They come with varying amenities as well as coming in different styles and sizes. Just like with building a custom sauna it is important to speak with a professional before installing a sauna kit yourself. It is important to make sure that the available space will support the unit that you have chosen and that the water and electric lines are correctly positioned for installation.

Lotz Of Logic

Including a sauna and gym in the basement is excellent usage for a space that might not have anything else in it. People often include mirrors in their gyms as a way to make the area feel large. Like in any space in your home, with proper planning and preparation, space can be enjoyed by everyone for many years. People also install benches in their showers along with a steam feature and sometimes use it as a mini sauna. And if you are an empty nester than a sauna and home gym is a great idea.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on building a sauna, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Glenview, Northbrook, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Master Bath Ideas When Remodeling

There are many master bath ideas when remodeling, so let’s take a further look.  Watch the full video below for many more master bathroom remodeling ideas:

Master Bath Ideas When Remodeling

There are just too many master bath ideas when remodeling to list, but let’s look at just a few that will make your bathroom look amazing as well as be very practical:

  • Let’s get rid of your large soaker tub and have a walk-in shower installed instead.  Make sure, before you get rid of that soaker jet tub, that you have another tub in your home for resale value.  If you do, then get rid of that soaker tub and enjoy the many benefits of a walk-in shower.
  • Have a proper shower pan poured.  If not leveled the correct way, water won’t drain properly and mold and mildew will be your new guests in your bathroom that you don’t want to have.
  • Have new exhaust fans installed?  Exhaust fans now are pretty fancy with automatic switches and ways to detect excessive moisture in the room.  This will prevent peeling of paint up on your ceiling.
  • Adding benched seating to your shower to sit on or as storage.

I’d love to come out and give you an estimate for your master bathroom remodeling project. My team and I have been serving Hinsdale, Oak Brook, LaGrange, Darien, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Bluff, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Staining and Varnishing Baseboards

Most homes in the Chicago area have a combination of painted baseboards and also stained baseboards.  Ninety-five percent of what we are doing is applying an oil based stain.  Let’s look at the video below that talks in greater depth about staining and varnishing baseboards:

Staining and Varnishing Baseboards

Because most homes have a combination of both painted and stained trim work, some colors are changing too. It used to be a very dark walnut color throughout. Now, we are seeing more natural tones and weathered wood stains being applied. Before painting or staining your baseboards make sure that they are properly caulked.

95% of what we are applying, still, is oil-based stains. If you have pine, poplar, maple, birch, you should be applying a wood conditioner prior to staining. Apply this with a brush or rag. Read your directions on the can for more details.

Watch the video for all the details, because it’s too in-depth to write everything out here. But make sure you are addressing issues such as

  • Wiping off excess conditioner
  • How long you want to let the wood conditioner sit on the wood
  • Applying sanding sealer
  • Filling nail holes
  • Sanding between coats

Give me a call at the office at 815-260-6773 if you want to get an estimate for your interior staining of your trim work (baseboards, wood trim around windows, crown molding, staircase wood). I’d be happy to help you out. My team and I have been serving Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Oakbrook Terrace, Lombard, Carol Stream, Westmont, Willowbrook, Woodridge, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Painting Vinyl Siding: Can You Paint Your House Vinyl Siding?

Painting vinyl siding – Vinyl siding can actually get painted.  Yes, that’s right!  But there is a technique and information you’ll need before you start the exterior painting project.

Mark tells you how to prepare the vinyl siding before you paint it and what paints and products to use to finish up the project too. Just like with any other type of siding it is important to make sure that the vinyl siding is properly cleaned.

Get the most out of your home by regularly maintaining the vinyl siding. Call us today at 815-260-6773 for an estimate. My team and I have been serving St. Charles, Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield, Geneva, Batavia, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Home Remodeling Contractor in Naperville

Home remodeling contractor Naperville and Chicago, IL – In this video, Mark shares his 30 years of experience in the home improvement contracting business.


Mark also shares stories of when he was a young teenager and working for his father, Bill.  His father, Bill, taught Mark everything he knows today.

This is what separates Mark and his team from any other remodeling company in the Naperville and Chicago area.  Mark has building in his blood.  Mark has lived and breathed building and home improvement since he was a teenage.  It’s everything he’s about.