These DIY backyard saunas are just what you need to stay warm and toasty this winter

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Are you dreading the dark, frigid months of winter? Thankfully, you can set up a steamy sauna right in your own backyard to stay warm. New Jersey company BZB Cabins and Outdoors has unveiled a collection of ready-to-assemble outdoor sauna kits that can be set up by two people in just a few days. The BZB saunas are the ultimate DIY project for those needing to unthaw during the freezing winter months. Costing between $5,000 and $14,950, the ready-to-assemble sauna kits come in a variety of styles, such as barrel, oval and igloo-shaped. The kits also come in different sizes, from a tiny, two-person sauna to a larger structure that fits up to eight people. Related: The Grandview Barrel Sauna is a backyard oasis for the entire family The single-room, oval-shaped Barrel Sauna W2, which accommodates up to five people and comes with a price tag of approximately $8,000, comes with two-level steam room seating and the option of either electric or wood-fired heating systems. The window styles, water tank size, sauna oil and headrests can all be customized. Those looking for a high-end sauna might go for the Viking, a three-room sauna with a loft. Additionally, there is the Barrel Sauna Igloo, which can accommodate up to eight adults. For those nomads who like to stay toasty while they are on the road, there is even an amazing mobile sauna, which is built on a wheeled trailer for easy transportation. In addition to the wide variety of DIY sauna styles available, buyers can also rest assured that they are purchasing an eco-friendly product to enjoy. The BZB sauna kits are manufactured in Europe and are built with high-quality Nordic Spruce that allows for ample insulation. + BZB Cabins and Outdoors Via Apartment Therapy Images via BZB Cabins and Outdoors

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Historic schoolhouse is reborn into a contemporary hotel in the Columbia River Gorge

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Historic preservation meets modern hospitality design in The Society Hotel in the Columbia River Gorge, a new 20,000-square-foot lodging and recreation destination in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Following in the footsteps of the first Society Hotel, the boutique hotel is an adaptive reuse project with a minimalist aesthetic and one-of-a-kind amenities. Portland-based architectural firm Waechter Architecture led the design of the hotel, which includes a retrofitted former schoolhouse, 20 individual hotel cabins , a covered pathway, a spa and bathhouse building and a subterranean sanctuary. Set near the riverfront, The Society Hotel Bingen is named after the adaptive reuse of the 80-year-old Bingen Schoolhouse, which anchors the 2.57-acre hotel campus. The renovated schoolhouse building is now home to 10 private, standard rooms and two 24-bed hostels as well as a library in the reception area, lockers in the hallway and a refurbished gym for guests. Portland-based design firm BLOSSOM led the interior and landscape design. Related: These adaptive reuse hotel suites in Amsterdam are built inside old bridge houses On the school’s former playfields, the architects inserted 20 individual cabins that form a ring. At the center of the ring is a new spa and bathhouse building with a shared saltwater soaking pool, sauna , hot tub, cold plunge pool and a cafe. On the corner of the property, the architects have placed the Sanctuary, a unique, subterranean building specially built for events and retreats. “One of our primary goals was to design a hotel that not only felt connected to the Gorge but amplified people’s experience of it,” Ben Waechter, firm principal, said. “It’s exciting to stand within the hotel and cabins today and feel the complementary dialogue between the two.” Strategically framed views emphasize that connection to the Gorge as does the material palette, which includes premature aged cedar cladding on the exterior and 8-inch tongue and groove knotty pine for the cabin interior headboard walls. + Waechter Architecture Photography by Lara Swimmer via Waechter Architecture

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