In the process of preparing to build a mini dry sauna in a glassed in porch (aka the sun room), I busted into the existing wall attempting to get down to a solid surface onto which the sauna framing could be attached.
I suppose I could’ve simply placed the new construction up against the old wall, but worried that there were problems that if covered up would cause problems later. I expected the wall to be a mess inside, but definitely underestimated how much work it’d take to clean up before I could start building the sauna. I also didn’t expect it to be completely moldy between the outer layer and the building wrap paper. That was horrifying to discover, and I’m glad to have it removed since I get asthma from molds and mildew.
After ripping the wall open and tentatively stripping the outermost layer, then losing sleep debating what to do, I decided to pull the entire wall off, down to the studs, get rid off all the dirty/moldy old materials, and put new siding up before building the sauna.
I have husband buy-in and design input in this project, but am doing all of the planning and physical labor myself in order to fulfill a life goal of building something major without assistance – aside from the junk removal experts, the JunkBoys, and my favorite electrician Charles Dean.
Thank you to the Junk Boys – who visited today and made my debris pile disappear like magic. Being car-free can be challenging during a DIY construction project, and this is one service that helps me get things done.
In the next update, I hope to have electricity installed for lights and sauna heater and new fan controls installed. After which the new wall siding should go up quickly, followed by framing and building out the sauna.
I’ve been doing my planning by modeling the construction in 3D using a free 3D modeling program called Sketchup and some plan elevations drawn in Adobe Illustrator. A preview…
The outer wall of the sunroom isn’t shown here, but the area with brick floor has floor to ceiling windows and a glass ceiling – shown in the second photo from the beginning.
A huge thanks to the team that created Sketchup 3D and everyone who has contributed 3D models to the free library. During the holiday break, I barreled through every Sketchup course on Lynda.com, in order to ramp up on the software quickly. Since then, I’ve created a full 3D model of the house inside and out, the yard, the electrical components, and to dream up the sauna and some other future interior additions. Being able to sketch and plan in 3D is a huge advantage in planning construction. My sauna plan is ‘built’ using 3D models of lumber with actual real-world equivalents, so it becomes not just a concept drawing, but a building plan to work from. Pretty powerful amazing awesome fun stuff – I’m loving it!
Do you have construction experience? Want to tell me all the things I’m doing wrong? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear your perspective.