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Tiny Sauna Cabin and Outdoor Shower in South Africa

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This tiny sauna cabin is a guest post by Sam Pellisier

Hi Alex (and Tiny House Newsletter subscribers), I thought you may appreciate the tiny sauna cabin we designed and built here in Cape Town, South Africa.

Obviously, this concept can easily be enlarged slightly to make for a cute hobbit-like home. The whole structure and decks were constructed with hardwood Eucalyptus, milled from trees cut in the area, cured and machined.

The roof shingles are from the same wood. Shower made from flat bottom canoe, cut in half from the Okavango delta in Botswana. All in all with electricity, plumbing etc., the project cost lees than $6000. A fun project, from start to finish – and a happy client! The most rewarding – from tree to structure. Please enjoy and re-share below.

Tiny Sauna Cabin and Outdoor Shower in South Africa


Images © Sam Pellissier/The Barn Sawmill

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Images © Sam Pellissier/The Barn Sawmill


Sam Pellissier, The Barn Sawmill
Hout Bay, South Africa
Contact email: thebarn AT netactive DOT co DOT za

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  • Billy
    December 24, 2014, 9:35 am

    It reminds me of Gandalf’s hat. 🙂

  • Cahow
    December 24, 2014, 10:31 am

    Myself being of Finnish/Swedish descent, there are TWO words that I NEVER associate with the word “sauna”: SOUTH & AFRICA!!! LOL

    Obviously, no snow to roll in once you sweat out your ‘sins’ in the sauna and beat yourself silly with Fir boughs; perhaps the pool provides that contrast in body temps? 😉 Oh, and for all those linguists out there, we pronounce it “Soun-ah”, like the first part of ‘sound’ and then a long ‘ahhhhhh.’

    And Billy is right: Gandalf’s hat or a very, very ‘young’ Sorting Hat from Hogwart’s. Charming design.

  • Lisa E.
    December 24, 2014, 12:49 pm

    My first thought was that it looked magical and South Africa seemed an odd place for Hogwarts magic, but it’s wonderful no matter where it is. I love the shape of the walkway between the hut and the pool, the roof and the treatment on the door; very creative.

  • Peter Piper
    December 24, 2014, 8:13 pm

    As they did on the Beverly Hillbillies, just jump into the “cement pond” and have a bath.

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