The basics

 

Filling an area with steam raises humidity and temperature, creating a pleasant environment within which to relax and detoxify.

The most popular space to use for steam is a new or existing shower – there are three reasons for this:

1 No extra space is needed
2 A regular shower enclosure is 90% ready for steam
3 It’s nice to shower after steam bathing

A compact steam generator is installed within 5 metres of the steam room, for example in a cupboard, under the stairs, in a loft or garage. The generator needs water and an electrical supply. The steam is then delivered to the shower in a lagged 22mm copper pipe.

The more powerful the generator, the more steam it will produce; the larger the room the more steam it needs to get hot.

The space you are using has to retain most of the steam, otherwise it won’t get hot. So you need to choose a door that has relatively small gaps, and either cap the shower enclosure with a Helo dome, or box in above the shower. It is not necessary to get the area 100% steam proof – some steam will always escape when you open and close the door, but standard bathroom vent extraction will cope with this.

The idea is to relax, so you need to provide somewhere to sit – this can be achieved by creating a structural bench in the shower, or by using a foldaway shower seat.