Mt. Lebanon, PA

Family Relaxation Spa

Completed 2018

Project Overview

Love of Sauna is a family affair.

As a child growing up, the client enjoyed their family’s ancestral lakeside sauna together, a tradition born in the 1940’s in Ely, MN near the Canadian border. Now a busy working Mom and wife in Pittsburgh, she missed the joy and relaxation of Sauna and also wanted her visiting parents to be able to enjoy Sauna when in Pittsburgh too.

The client’s recently purchased home in Mt. Lebanon has an in-ground backyard pool and hot tub but was missing their favorite, a traditional sauna. Like all true sauna lovers the first renovation undertaken on the lower level had to be a new sauna. We built the sauna facade on a diagonal to accommodate a hallway to a future bathroom and shower and incorporated cedar shelves into an adjacent brick support column for towels. A renewed family tradition makes their home in Mt. Lebanon complete!

Cara & Mike
Mt. Lebanon, PA

And in this corner...

On board manual heater controls are located within easy reach of the sauna door for simple operation. The stainless steel heater, cedar fence, wall thermostat and bucket & ladle are all located in a diagonal corner to allow more room for uninterrupted seating on the adjacent benches.

Life is always better with another cupboard

Connecting the sauna exterior to this standalone brick support created the ideal space for adding custom cedar shelving. The resulting cupboard is perfect for towels and other sauna accessories and melds the other earthy elements of the living space.

John created a wonderful sauna for us that is beyond our expectations! He is a true craftsman and pays attention to all of the small details. His customer service was superb, and he really spent time problem solving with us to make sure we were happy with the final product.

- Cara W.