Friday Cabins #15: Sauna Appreciation Week
Nothing pairs better with a cozy cabin than a proper sauna, amirite or amirite?
Good Friday, and welcome to another round-up of Friday Cabins from Cabins Etc. Only this week, it’s Sauna Friday. You know the deal, each Friday we bring you selections from the digital pages of outdoor and design publication Field Mag, to fuel escapist daydreams as you head into the weekend.
Today, the sun is shining in the tri-state area, and the long weekend beckons. We figured a holiday deserves some spa-related content, hence, the sauna round-up of today. While such steamy spas have long been a part of routines in Scandinavia—and other granola-y outposts around North America—saunas seem to be a growing trend among cabin makers and cabin lovers in the US. And I for one, am happy we’re finally catching on to their many benefits.
So, sit back, relax, sweat out the bad stuff, soak in the beautiful visual inspo, and enjoy your weekend!
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Vancouver, BC-based Backcountry Hut Company, known for their sleek prefab cabin kit designs, released the perfect pairing for your off-grid mountain hut—System S, a 8' x 10' prefabricated sauna. Inspired by Nordic sauna design, the spa is minimal, energy-efficient, and designed to plug and play. Once delivered to its site, hook it up to an existing electrical system and you're good to go within hours.
Priced at about $35,600 USD, System S fits 6 adults comfortably and is available shipped throughout North America.
By day, Brenden Ravenhill and Margie Garrison run LA lighting design and manufacturing company Ravenhill Studio. But during the summer months, the two head to Maine where Ravenhill spent much of his childhood. There, they enjoy working on various built projects in their local community, the most recent being an 8' x 6' floating cedar sauna.
A daydream turned reality after a chance donation of salvaged materials, the floating spa was built during the 2020 pandemic when Ravenhill and Garrison found themselves sheltering in place on the East Coast. Handmade with repurposed local framing, flotation, slate, and a stove the Sea Sauna spends 10 weeks a year floating in its Isleford, Maine harbor home.
Drop the two a DM next time you’re in their hood and who knows, maybe you’ll score a golden ticket to the perfect shvitz!
Reminiscent of hobbit holes, Iglucraft's prefab saunas and cabins are pleasantly curvy amongst the oft-rectangular cabins found throughout the prefab industry. Handcrafted using a shingle technique used in vernacular farm architecture, their Iglusaunas are curved inside and out to distribute steam more organically, as it "bounces off" the flat walls and sharp corners of traditional saunas.
Ranging from the Single Iglusauna ($11,800 USD) to the 6-person Triple Iglusauna (~$17,760 USD), each sauna can be customized with different exterior and interior finishes and delivered anywhere in the world.
TGIF TTYL ILY