A Southern Euclid man builds his biggest igloo yet

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) — How can a house made of snow and ice be so comfortable?

“I have always been a fan of snow. I mean, a lot of people complain about it, but I try to find a way to make it fun,” Blake Dixon said.

With a lot of hard work, ingenuity and a few helping hands, Dixon is raising the bar for igloos in South Euclid.

“In college, I always dreamed of building like a snow castle or an igloo or something like that,” Dixon said.

Each winter, he worked to bring this vision to life.

“Before, I had to bring him, tell him to come. It was just amazing, he was just crazy in the snow. He loved her. It was like a moth to a flame,” said her father, Chip.

After years of perfecting his engineering, Dixon was able to build his largest igloo to date.

“It makes you appreciate winter. He loves the snow so much and he did a wonderful job with these igloos,” said his grandmother, Arline.

Since the start of last Friday, the work has not been without some challenges.

“When we started working on it, all we had was a pile of snow and we were working from the inside to get it all out and the top crumbled and with some ingenuity from Blake as well as a bit of perseverance, we were able to rebuild the dome and put it all back together,” Blake’s friend Ed Kwietniewski said.

The igloo includes a full living area, a hallway and a second room. Blake says it put a lot of smiles on people’s faces, which was his goal.

“To give people a reason to take advantage of what we have that no other place has, like you don’t get that in Florida, you can’t get that,” he said.

Blake hasn’t even finished.

“I want to put in a big fireplace where I could put a fire on and really have it warm.”

One recycling can mold at a time, Kwietniewski and Dixon’s girlfriend, Joy Diaz, now helps him make the blocks for the fireplace.

Dixon says he plans to offer his services to help other people build or improve their igloos and maybe even rent some.

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