Plainfield man builds front yard igloo for 5th time – Shaw Local
Plainfield’s Lee Peters spent time with his sons on Wednesday night playing video games and watching movies – in their igloo on the lawn.
Peters, who works in home building and renovation, has built an igloo every year for the past five years, he said.
“As a kid, I used to make them with my dad and sister,” Peters said. “As I got older, I wanted to teach my children.”
Peters’ 2022 model is 15 feet around and 12 feet tall and took about 50 hours to build, Peters said. His sons, Tyler Peters, 21, and Cole Peters, 13, enjoy hanging out in the igloo with the family dogs, Gizmo and Bear.
Lee and the boys even bring an air mattress into the igloo and spend the night. Yes, it’s hot inside, especially when Lee blocks the entrance with a board and a blanket, he says.
“I think one year it got really, really cold and they went inside,” Lee said.
When Lee started making igloos, he used to pile snow. Now he uses wooden shapes to help build them, which speeds up the process, he said.
But Lee still needs to make sure the igloo has the right thickness to support the roof and that the roof isn’t too thin.
“You have to really dig in and check that you’re not digging too hard on one side,” Lee said. “And if you have any doubt that it’s not strong enough, then don’t do it; restart.”
As the temperature outside warms, the igloo will melt and the entrance could “drop a few inches,” Lee said.
At what temperature does the igloo become unstable? When the air temperature hits around 32 degrees, Lee said. Just then, Lee pulls it off.
But building an igloo is also a good life lesson.
“If you want to build something, work hard and you can do anything,” Lee said.