At the front of our collective inspiration, the 2020 is the prototype Swelter House. It possesses a relatively shallow, 4 to 12 pitch, gable standing seam steel roof and red royal cedar shingles. The structure houses the key elements to accomplish the goals of relaxation, social interaction and healthy routine. Cleft-cut stone and vertical 10 inch wide cedar paneling create the rustic luxury that best embodies the true elements of fire and water. The painted pendant and sconce selection will allow our client to fine tune the decoration. Other variations on the 2020 are available and elements may be exchanged amongst the models. But be advised that the 2020 was the original and therefore the essential Swelter House. A coarsely knurled round knob is the hardware choice and may be provided in either nickel or brass.

Three views of the Model 2020 with a lady for scale. Windows, roof pitch and cladding may be switched to achieve one’s desired effect or accomodate any vernacular.

Much of the draw relates to the pools. In the foreground the jetted hot tub is discreetly designed with an adjustable 14 jets and two powerful pumps. It’s deeper than competing tubs and has an integral step and wrap around bench to seat up to six. Designed to reside at 104 degrees, the tub is arguably the most relaxing of the many SWELTER HOUSE components. In the background is the adjustable cold plunge pool. We keep ours at 42 degrees for maximum effect. Utter euphoria is the goal – 2 minutes submerged in 42 degree water is the best route to take.


Compact and perfect for small spaces, millwork, or for use in multiples, the Pip is a great addition to our ever-growing collection of what we like to call ‘small wall’. See its sister sconce, Scout, for a pretty added detail – a petite reflector.

As shown: hard-wired in polished brass finish. Available as hard or soft-wired.


The just-right balance of exaggerated hardware and a classic glass globe gives this statuesque stunner its architectural heft. Rendered in a mixed-metal finish or with a few strategic paint accents, it delivers the perfect Bauhaus-meets-modern-cafe-culture vibe in a kitchen or dining space.

As shown: antique gilt finish with heirloom accents.

Commercial Sauna

At the core of the SWELTER HOUSE is the sauna. Our’s is particularly powerful and socially well considered. With an L-shaped seating arrangement the visitors may face one another which is far more convivial than the “staring-at-a-wall” alternative. Equally important is high-low arrangement. As heat rises, the high bench is designed for a more intense experience, while the low allows one to remain amongst their fellows and take a breather.

The proprietary Sauna Heater has been configured to maintain and be adjustable between 150 and 220 degrees and is designed to optimally heat our 400 cubic foot space. By introducing water to the burner element one can increase the humidity and thereby create a more intense experience at any temperature. It’s the basis of the Nordic Cycle and may be used in any sauna of similar size in a new construction project or any existing sauna.

Infra-red heat may be provided in lieu of the traditional electric heater. We can discuss this option further in the components section.

Nº 2504
The Nº 2504 lever embodies a minimalistic aesthetic with its simple form and clearly defined bend. The lever features a straight, cylindrical handle with a subtly chamfered shank connected by a flat cut-out bend. The clean lines make this lever suitable for contemporary and more modern interiors. It is also available as a wood or solid brass handle. All plated and patinated finishes are available.

The Interior features a stone floor with a wonderful wet bar and integral cabinetry by HENRYBUILT. A generous social lounge provides a center for gaming, conversing, eating, drinking, or simply enjoying the crackling fire and the views made possible with the large modern windows.for gaming, conversing, eating drinking or simply enjoying the crackling fire and the views made possible with the large modern windo

Powder Room and Shower

As is the custom, many choose to begin the Nordic Cycle with a Shower, and often conclude it with one as well. Ours provides cold or hot water and both the temperature and volume are infinitely adjustable. A linear drain keeps the hallway dry and a bathroom allows one to stay the day with no need to return home. With a pedestal sink and complimentary toilet, one may freshen up at any time during their visit. For areas where septic allowances pose a challenge, our team can provide an incinerating toilet. Always equipped with fittings and accessories by NANZ, this is a beautiful addition to all of our Houses.

The Nanz Tri-Mount Short Basin Deck is manufactured in solid brass and features FLUHS ceramic valve cartridges. Our basin sets may be customized by choosing from our varied range of handles, spouts, bells, bonnets and rod finials. Matching bath and shower fittings are offered, as are coordinating bath accessories and cabinetry. Selected examples appear below. A variety of bath friendly finishes are offered. Contact one of our offices for more information and assistance with specification. The Nanz Bauhaus collection, based on designs by Walter Gropius from the 1920s, embodies the School’s belief in simple geometric forms as the basis of good design. With coordinating bath, shower, basin fittings and accessories, the collection can be coordinated throughout a project.

The bedroom annex is an option which turns a SWELTER HOUSE into a destination for the long run. The additional room measuring approximately 120 square feet is perfect for a king size bed. It may also be used as an exercise room, kitchen, or even a bunk house. For those seeking even more additional square footage, clients may choose to add a second annex by increasing the SWELTER HOUSE total square footage to just about 600 square feet. More room for more fun!