Located on 2 1/2 acres of land in the mountains of Texas, this home is just about 10 minutes from downtown Austin – however feels a world (or a universe) away.
This home is currently available as a temporary rental.
“Maintaining it as a piece of art was my main motivation,” Claunch says.
“It is cool, it is special,” Claunch says. “There is nothing like it on the planet.”
It took 11 years to complete the Bloomhouse, also for good reason – every square inch took incredible attention to detail. You won’t find one straight line in the entire home. In fact, Harker really used a pruning saw to handcarve the form of the house to a free-flowing curve.
That”right owner” includes a title, and it is Dave Claunch. About a year and a half ago, Claunch bought the Bloomhouse. Claunch was worried that someone would buy the property, tear it down and build something new, Since the home sits on a acres of land.
Although its narrative spans decades, the Bloomhouse’s mission has always remained the same: to unite people in a party of the odd, to promote a rare kinship using a physical area and to lose the conventions of normal life, if only for a little while.
Since he made the Bloomhouse as a place for people to come together, Harker also sculpted lots of seating areas to encourage conversation about every bend.
From structural upgrades (like replacing the pipes and moving the mechanical systems) to cosmetic upgrades (like installing LED lights and a wireless audio system throughout the house ), it has been a lengthy process with a noble long-term goal: to maintain the home for another 40-50 years.
So, how did this unique mix of organic form and feel become a house?
“[I] love that… the Ideal proprietor came along to deliver a work of art back from the verge,” Neff says.
Claunch has spent the past year and a half of the Bloomhouse. He is served as his own general contractor, since the space is so unusual.
Over time, the Bloomhouse has undergone its own share of both time and owners in the limelight. Recently, the Weird Homes Tour showcased the Bloomhouse’s weird and Fantastic design – Dave Neff, that the Organization’s CEO, is a huge fan of the home’s story.
Recently at a party, Claunch pulled up pictures of his newly renovated Bloomhouse. And in a twist of fate as unusual as the property’s structure itself, yet another guest had some news – she had owned.