The oblong building is split roughly across the middle. Preminger's side has a garage, bedroom and den on the ground floor. Stairs lead to a second-story great room and master bedroom suite. White walls and dark Inca basalt flooring create a cool, minimalist feel. Sliding doors open onto a garage-top patio shielded by frosted-glass panels.
The second unit is slightly smaller and more loft-like. The split-level entry connects to a subterranean garage tucked on the side of the building. Upstairs lie the kitchen and great room with double-height ceiling. Floating metal stairs lead to a sleeping area and bath above. Two custom picture windows, each framed in broad bands of steel, fill the space with natural light.
Whereas other duplexes in this gentrifying neighborhood maximize square footage, Preminger under-built to accommodate her love of gardening.
"For a developer to understand that a garden and open space is as valued as more interior space was a great thing," Wagner says. "This is an incredible example of how we can build a little less, but of a higher quality and still come out positive."
With a few exceptions, her new neighbors have embraced the duplex, however different it may look.
Preminger says she likes her garden of fruit trees and vegetables, but her yard work is often interrupted by passersby commenting on her building. "Not a day goes by," she says, "when someone doesn't stop and compliment the design."