Building Element creates three-story ‘forward-thinking’ design

The Dallas Builders Association’s Home of the Week is the custom residence at 1325 Gibraltar. It was designed and built by Dallas-based couple Farah Debes Hussain of Farah Studios and Osman Hussain of Building Element LLC.

“This is a one-of-a-kind modern home that embodies forward thinking and practical style. On the exterior you will find arabesque features incorporated into the elevation of the home, mixing a sleek combination of different-colored stucco and Arab-inspired geometric design,” according to the Hussains.

This 4,400-square-foot home has a third-story rooftop deck that provides 360-degree views, a three-story glass staircase and a European-imported statement kitchen. The strategic placement of windows and glass, coupled with double-volume ceiling, creates a light and airy space that remains grounded by the darker tones in the stone flooring and accents. The choice of white doors with black trim elevates the interior of the home.

The primary bathroom and half-bathrooms offer ablution stations replicated from what is traditionally found in mosques. These are used to wash before prayer in the Islamic faith. Amenities include secluded guest quarters with a separate staircase, kitchen and entrance.

Farah Studios, the architectural design firm, works closely with Building Element LLC during the construction process to ensure all details are fine-tuned and carefully curated to the homeowners’ needs.

“Not a detail goes unnoticed,” said the Hussains, “as the details are what make a beautiful house into a fully custom home.”

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