Ill. couple builds igloo, complete with fireplace
7-foot-tall snow drift has holes for ventilation, and even a built-in freezer
A Harmon couple transformed a snowdrift in their yard into a luxurious igloo complete with a fireplace.
In just 10 hours, Wayne and Debra Larson built an igloo with the amenities of a house.
Along with the fireplace, they have rugs, seat cushions, and a built-in freezer among features in their snow house.
From the outside, you see a snowdrift that stands roughly 7 feet tall in the Larson's yard.
When you take a closer look, you will find a door that leads to more than the mind could imagine.
And it all started as a challenge from their grandchildren.
"Our grandchildren confirmed there was a snow fort challenge for the weekend, he (Wayne) came out and started on it," Debra Larson said.
In fact, Wayne Larson got off work at 8:30 p.m. Friday and went straight to work on the igloo, digging deep into the snow until 12:30 a.m. Saturday.
After six hours of digging, Wayne Larson had created an igloo with a fireplace plus two holes for ventilation. They sent pictures of the creation to their grandchildren, who live in Pawnee, Ill.
"We had a lot of dreams, just like every igloo owner, of adding on," WayneLarson laughed.
A block of snow hides a "freezer" where treats are stashed.
"We always keep a supply of popsicles in here in case of an emergency," Wayne Larson said while holding the box of frozen treats.
What started as a simple competition between grandparents and grandchildren has gone viral on the internet.
A YouTube video has hundreds of shares on Facebook. They have even had suggestions from their friends on what they should add onto the igloo.
"Some people say we should add a hot tub," Debra Larson said.
It won't be long before the temperatures warm up.
The igloo will eventually melt, but the memories of this igloo will stand forever.