Homeowners with a classic style will be drawn to Adam/Federal house plans for their simple grace and ease of space planning. Reminiscent of the earliest homes built during this country's founding, Adam/Federal Style residences present a stately and dignified façade. Symmetry is key in exterior details such as window placement, dual chimneys, and a side-gable roof. The entryway is often ornamented with an elliptical fanlight over the door and a columned portico to welcome guests. Stylistic accents can be found in decorative cornices below the roofline. Exteriors were traditionally limited to clapboard siding or brick.
An Adam/Federal house is usually a simple two-story box, two or more rooms deep. Extensions at the rear can add space while maintaining the classic, flat-front façade. Wings may be added to either side to increase space while maintaining symmetry. A traditional floor plan with formal rooms flanking a center hall is characteristic of this style, but open floor plans may also be found. Adam/Federal style works well for townhomes and narrow urban lots as well as suburban and rural sites.