We built a cottage in 2007 and at that time I practically did not know anything about the construction and I will honestly take everything with a bang, the fact of building a house on the lake in the forest already brought joy.

 The Finnish company built the project, with technical supervision and everything was fine, but then this company started having problems and in the end the builders disappeared, leaving one worker who completed the construction and completed all the work.  It was a Finnish company Pihkametsa OY.

We never had a sauna, and I did not know then what it was made of, and, as it turned out, in vain, because the standard set of the house included a full-time sauna from spruce, and not from alder, as in all of Finland.  In Finland, until now, most of the documents for foreigners in Finnish, and lack of knowledge of the Finnish language in 2007 and the inability to read and understand the whole folder with the construction project, were the cause of such disagreements.  The cottage was built, passed and the first years we enjoyed the sauna and heated it to a temperature of 100-120 degrees, until the Finns said that more than 90 degrees is not good for health.  Problems started around 2014, but it was too late, the resin from all the spruce boards came out and only then I saw how serious everything was.

As it turned out later, the Finnish builders worked unfairly – they did not sew up a clapboard wall from a bar with a window, and the resin came out through and through the bar, which now looks bad.  Over time, they began to notice that the desired temperature could not be reached and the spruce lining began to dry up and move away in the corners, the sauna stopped giving me pleasure.

 Only this year in March, my good friend and builder Tommi, who is building my new cottage on the same lake, agreed to see the sauna and for good reason.

He had to disassemble it entirely: there was no foil, instead there was just a film.  The ceiling construction was loose, there simply were no fasteners and amplifiers above the window, and there were only 2-3 hidden nails everywhere …. The ceiling angle was 5 cm obstructed and Tommi had to disassemble the ceiling, then he bought an alder wall panel, foil and  I reassembled the sauna. 

The Harvia stove was also clogged with cracked stones and the tens were not working properly.  Corrected this too!  Only now, after 13 years, can we say that we have a real, well-made, Finnish sauna.

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