Originally, the basement in this Germantown, Maryland single-family home was pretty drab with what husband-and-wife owners Scott and Jen Wolfson described as "denim-blue" walls. Rather than update the basement into a typical man cave, the duo instead decided to create a Polynesian-inspired suburban surprise. Some of the most eyebrow-raising features to this tiki-themed basement include moai heads, light up puffer fish, artificial grass, and a bar with a faux leopard design on top. The Wolfsons also cut up tree bark and laid them on top of each other to create the illusion of shingles behind the bar. The renovated basement was featured on HGTV's "Look What I Did!" a television show that featured projects designed and completed by homeowners without the help of contractors. In the episode, the Wolfsons demonstrated their process to installing bamboo around the basement, which involved gluing bamboo on a hardboard and then mounting it on the wall. They also installed fluorescent light diffusers with images of blue skies and palm trees. The project took a total four-and-a-half months to complete with a price tag of $12,000. In an email to Curbed DC, Scott said, "Suffice it to say it's not easy to let it go, but we're relocating to Richmond and are hoping to find buyers that will appreciate the, umm, 'unique' nature of our house." Scott told Curbed DC that he hopes to continue pursuing weird and wacky renovation projects in the future ("maybe something nauticaul?"). If interested in owning a suburban paradise, this listing is on the market for $410,000 with $59 monthly HOA dues.
· 20942 Tewkesbury Terrace [Estately]