sauna-exteriorWe had dilemma with the pantry of our 17th century apartments. As in, what are we going to do with this space?

painted-cellier
During. The tomettes had been covered with linoleum.

It was too big to ignore. But a vacation rental, especially one with plenty of kitchen cupboards, doesn’t need a pantry, called a cellier in French.

cellier-before
Before: a dark hole.

The municipal and national landmarks experts suggested making it a bathroom, because it was in the former service hallway that we’re allowed to change as we like. But the low ceiling and lack of a window would have been unpleasant as a bathroom.

cracked-paint
Horrors

So we put in a sauna.

interior
Perfect for two.

Why not, right? It was just the right size. An ugly, awkward hole became a little spa. We tried it out on our most recent stay. It heats up in just a few minutes. There’s a timer so it automatically shuts off–a nice safety feature. We don’t want somebody passing out and getting cooked (you’re supposed to drink a lot of water before and after). The lights are cool blue. There are even speakers and a jack to plug in your phone for music (see the cord, below on the left?).

It’s right next to the bathroom, for a cold shower afterward. A before/after coming on that soon–we finally found the right light fixture.

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27 thoughts on “Before/After: Pantry to Sauna

  1. Very imaginative!!! Never would have thought of that. We turned the small area under the staircase into a pantry. Moved the refrigerator out of the kitchen and into that area, set up a vintage table for bottled water and dry good, brought over a microwave from the states (we put in a 110 line) and hid the recycling bins.

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  2. I absolutely love saunas, the chalet we stayed in whilst skiing in February had a fabulous sauna, we were in there every evening, a great way to soothe tired muscles! Plus anything that gives your apartment the edge above the others is always great for business!

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    1. We already have one of those. Seriously! There’s a room above the other kitchen, called the harnais, used to store the horses’ harnesses. Right now it has extra furniture, but it could easily become a bedroom. And it has a window!

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