Let’s clarify right away that we are talking about a real Russian bathhouse, which is heated by a wood-burning stove in white. It is much easier to build a sauna into a house and even an apartment..
First, consider the advantages of the location of the bath directly in a private house:
- Construction savings. Building a bathhouse and a house on the same foundation, under one roof, is cheaper than building two separate buildings;
- Saving space on the site. A freestanding sauna will take up more space than just a steam room in the house;
- Savings on maintenance. The bath will have the same heating system as in the house, less maintenance costs, facade care;
- Saving time. You don’t need to leave the house to check if the steam room is warmed up. It is also easier to clean the bathhouse – there is no need to drag the vacuum cleaner around the site, it can be combined with the general washing of the house;
- Independent of the weather. I want to go to the bathhouse – I go to the next room, despite the pouring rain outside.
However, a Russian bath in a private house also has significant drawbacks:
- Humidity! The bathhouse is hot steam. If it is located in the house, an increase in humidity will negatively affect all other rooms;
- You need high-quality ventilation so that the bathhouse and the house have their own microclimate. Ventilation systems must be separate;
- Fire hazard. Whatever you say, a wood-burning stove and wood-trimmed steam rooms increase the risk of fire. Even if all the wood has been treated with fire retardants. And if the bath is in the house, the risk of losing your home as a result of fire increases;
- The bath process is a rather intimate event. If after the steam room you decide to wipe yourself off with snow, pour cold water, and everything happens near the house, curious observers may appear. There will be no privacy.
A free-standing bath on the site has its advantages:
- You can choose the most picturesque and secluded place. If the house is located near the road, you can choose a remote corner of the garden for the bath, a place next to a reservoir or between pine trees. The choice of location is much larger and the sauna gets its own special aura;
- It is easier to carry out and organize the necessary engineering communications. Including to make correct and effective ventilation of the bath, if it stands separately, to organize the draining of almost pure water from the font;
- Any building material can be chosen. A bathhouse is usually a log house, a log structure. If a residential building is made of brick, it will be more difficult to create in it the atmosphere of exactly that real Russian bath..
It’s up to you, of course, to choose how to build a bathhouse. But finally, here are the conclusions of the experts:
- A free-standing bathhouse will cost about one and a half times more expensive than a built-in one. This is already a financial issue that may turn out to be dominant;
- If the house is wooden, constant humidity from the side of the built-in bath will definitely not benefit it. In this case, it is better to build a bathhouse separately;
- A freestanding bathhouse can be turned into a guest house or a place for weekly gatherings of friends, connected to a gazebo. Consider this practical option;
- If the site is small, it is not worth cluttering it up with another structure, it is better to choose a bathhouse as part of the house.
Let us state: real “bath gourmets” will always prefer a free-standing bath, let it be a small barrel bath. This solution allows you to create a high-quality bath complex, arrange it and equip it according to all the rules of pair art. But if it is decided to save money or there is simply no place for a separate bath, the option built into the house is also not bad..