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DC Design House shows its potential

DC Design House shows its potential

Even in today's real estate market, you pay a premium for houses that don't need at least a little bit of fixing up. Houses with "potential" can often be had at bargain prices.

For an excellent example of what the right vision can bring to such a house, visit this year's D.C. Design House, which runs through May 8.

Located in the Tudor Hills neighborhood of Northwest Washington, this 12,000-square-foot decorator showhouse nicely illustrates how to uncover that hidden potential — and the work of Bethesda architect Jim Rill and interior designers Patrick Sutton of Baltimore and Erin Paige Pitts of Gibson Island provides three worthy examples.

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