Bloomhouse is the thesis statement of designer Charles Harker who sought out to experiment with materials and explore organic shapes and architecture in order to seek harmony with the natural world. And you can definitely see that in Bloomhouse’s design. The home is forever flowing and undulating. You will not be able to find a single straight line in the house and that was the intention! Formed by polyurethane foam and cement plaster, Bloomhouse wasn’t so much constructed as it was sculpted by Harker who would shave away every wall, cabinet door, handrail, nook and cranny until he deemed it just right. Every curve is expertly designed and fine-tuned to maximize air and water flow as well as provide indentions to have a seat and share a chat.
It was recently purchased by longtime Austinites Dave and Susan Claunch who are currently conducting a complete restoration with the intention of sharing this truly one-of-a-kind home. Visitors will be getting a sneak peek into a work in progress that is expected to be completed this summer.