You've Probably Never Heard of A "Japanese Bath House"… But You'll Definitely Want One
This Brian Schulze Hand Crafted Japanese Wood Fired Bath House is a beautiful wood cabins build that used for the Japanese bath tradition. A Japanese Bath is a ritual of slowly washing and soaking in a calm and beautiful setting, with the intention of cleansing the mind and the heart. A Japanese bath tradition isn't just washing the body, but coming out refreshed in mind and body. This wood cabins bathhouse is heated with a Chofu wood-fired hot tub heater. The materials for the Japanese wood fired wood cabins bath house were collected materials along the way. This Japanese bath house project took time and was a small log cabins project that has a story to tell. From the cedars that blew down in a windstorm on a friends' property, and the logs being pulled out of the woods. To the three by 3's that washed up on the beach, and the weeks spent carrying them out one by one, for their future in the small log cabins build that was destined to become rafters for the small log cabins roof. Along with three twenty-year-old solar hot water panels that were found at the dump, and bought for the price of scrap. A plain fiberglass soaking tub was bought at the recycle center for fifty dollars. Then while the small log cabins builder while fishing for salmon, a new cedar log was found and tied up to be floated in the next winters flood. The winter after that the log was milled into boards for the small log cabins bath house, and the next winter it was made into shiplap siding and nailed up inside the sauna. Part of the beauty of building a log cabin is in the story of each piece that goes into the project.
The frame of the wood cabins Japanese bathhouse structure is notched and bolted cedar poles that sit on an 11 foot by 11 foot stained concrete pad. The rafters in the small log cabins are three by 3s with cedar shakes that are nailed directly onto spaced sheathing boards. The front half of the pole-frame in the bathhouse is infilled with two by sixes that are covered with plywood and cedar shakes. This enclosed area in the small log cabins creates a room that houses the plumbing for the solar loop, the wood-fired hot tub heater while also providing a small warm sitting area. The interior of the Japanese bathhouse is filled with plain fiberglass that was recycled from another project and then covered with a heavy foil vapor barrier, over which some home milled shiplap cedar was nailed. The rectangle at the bottom of the front wall in the Japanese bathhouse wood cabins is a horizontal door that opens to reveal a window that admits sunlight to warm the room in the summer months and let in the natural sunlight. The two panels on the roof are old solar hot water panels, and the little photovoltaic panel powers in the Japanese bathhouse is a small pump that helps pump water up through the panels when the sun is shining. The panels are then drained manually on cold freezing nights. The tub sits in the open air at the back of the structure. The small log cabins by the Japanese bathhouse is a composting toilet. This small log cabins Japanese bathhouse has so much character you can't help but want to have one of your own.
This bathhouse building your own log cabin story can be found on the "R-evolution Gardens Bath House." It tells the whole process of how to build your own log cabin and the beauty of a Japanese bathhouse. *
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