While most East Coasters were Netflix binging during last weekend's historic snowstorm, 27-year-old consultant John Lindsay of West Chester, Pennsylvania, was hard at work building a "luxury" igloo in his own backyard.
"When I was a kid in the blizzard of '96, I did something like this before and wanted to do it again, but we never really get this much snow," Lindsay told HouseBeautiful.com, when speaking of the inspiration behind the novel structure. "I made a huge mountain of snow and then tunneled out the inside. It had been in the sun for a bit which I think compacted it so the ceiling holds up really well."
According to Lindsay, making the igloo only took about an hour on Sunday, but its features are truly an inspiration for aspiring amateur snow builders.
The entrance to the icy abode consists of a sliding birch door, which Lindsay made by continually pushing the piece of wood into the snow until it made its own tracks. Inside, he used scrap pieces of wood to install shelves, and placed candles and a decorative squirrel hand carved in Saskatchewan in the foyer.
He divided the igloo up into two rooms. There's an exercise room, which includes some weights that he found in his garage, and a living room complete with a little library and mini-bar.
While the space may be small, it can fit two or three people.
"You can't really sit up, but you have enough room to stretch out," Lindsay said. He says that it is more cozy than you'd think, as the close confines mean that you stay nice and warm (due to body heat). Though some have warned of safety issues — namely, carbon monoxide poisoning and the possibility of candles melting the structure — Lindsay assures all that he's never in the igloo for too long, that it's not air tight, and that the candles only melt a little bit of snow.
What did his friends think of his frozen palace?
"They thought it was ridiculous," he said. Lindsay put photos of the igloo up , where they quickly went viral, much to his surprise. Despite the popularity of his getaway home, Lindsay has no plans to put it on the market, like the guys in Brooklyn who famously listed their igloo on Airbnb for a while before the site took down the post for failing to meet their occupancy standards.
"I like that they had windows," he said, "but I think all Airbnb asks for is that a listing includes electricity and running water so all they had to do is run an extension cord and a garden hose to fulfill the requirements."
"I don't know if the kind of person who would rent it out is the kind of person who I want in my backyard."