Adam-Federal Style House Plans

The popularity of Adam and Federal style architecture coincided with the end of Colonial America.

Federal style house plans present a formal, rigorously balanced face to the street. Rooflines can be peaked with little overhang, although larger versions sometimes feature a flat roof flanked by a decorative balustrade. Architectural details are small but telling, providing a formal feel to the living areas inside. Federal style’s close cousin is the Adam style (named not for the president but for three brothers who specialized in the style in the colonial era), which also presents an elegant and balanced façade. Adam style homes have an airy, delicate feel, with elegant and restrained details. Interior design mirrors the home's exterior symmetry, with large open rooms well-lit by numerous windows.

Large colonial homes in the Adam and Federal styles are particularly popular on the East Coast; a southern variation may feature wrought-iron railings and fencing. The modern Federal style house plan abounds with closets, pantries, and supplemental work areas for laundry, home offices and the like, lending a flexibility to the interior despite the often formal and symmetrical interior design.

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Architectural features:

  • Boxy, symmetrical exterior
  • Central door is the focal point, with a decorative surround
  • Two or more stories
  • Side-gabled or hipped roof
  • Plain brick or clapboard façade

Adam / Federal House Plans sponsored by:

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  • Plan#: HWEPL06839

    Bed
    3
    Bath
    2
    Story
    1
    Gar
    2
    Width
    61'
    Depth
    55'
    Area: 1,882 sq. ft. Style: Country
    Price: $770 - $1,245
    Cost to Build: $169,380 - $319,940
  • Plan#: HWEPL09563

    Bed
    4
    Bath
    3
    Story
    2
    Gar
    2
    Width
    58'
    Depth
    42'
    Area: 2,426 sq. ft. Style: Greek Revival
    Price: $995 - $2,205
    Cost to Build: $218,340 - $412,420
  • Plan#: HWEPL05331

    Bed
    3
    Bath
    2
    Story
    1
    Gar
    2
    Width
    68'
    Depth
    57'
    Area: 2,046 sq. ft. Style: Adam / Federal
    Price: $852 - $1,952
    Cost to Build: $184,140 - $347,820
  • Plan#: HWEPL06905

    Bed
    4
    Bath
    3
    Story
    2
    Gar
    2
    Width
    71'
    Depth
    54'
    Area: 3,167 sq. ft. Style: Farmhouse
    Price: $940 - $1,490
    Cost to Build: $285,030 - $538,390
  • Plan#: HWEPL08550

    Bed
    3
    Bath
    2
    Story
    1
    Gar
    2
    Width
    61'
    Depth
    55'
    Area: 2,151 sq. ft. Style: Farmhouse
    Price: $700 - $1,100
    Cost to Build: $193,590 - $365,670
  • Plan#: HWEPL09896

    Bed
    3
    Bath
    2
    Story
    1
    Gar
    2
    Width
    63'
    Depth
    57'
    Area: 1,992 sq. ft. Style: Ranch
    Price: $775 - $1,300
    Cost to Build: $179,280 - $338,640
  • Plan#: HWEPL10063

    Bed
    3
    Bath
    2
    Story
    2
    Gar
    2
    Width
    54'
    Depth
    38'
    Area: 2,190 sq. ft. Style: Georgian
    Price: $700 - $1,100
    Cost to Build: $197,100 - $372,300
  • Plan#: HWEPL06678

    Bed
    3
    Bath
    2
    Story
    2
    Gar
    2
    Width
    63'
    Depth
    64'
    Area: 2,089 sq. ft. Style: Colonial
    Price: $852 - $1,952
    Cost to Build: $276,030 - $504,390
  • Plan#: HWEPL12735

    Bed
    5
    Bath
    3
    Story
    2
    Gar
    2
    Width
    70'
    Depth
    51'
    Area: 2,698 sq. ft. Style: Adam / Federal
    Price: $670 - $2,235
    Cost to Build: $242,820 - $458,660
  • Plan#: HWEPL09155

    Bed
    4
    Bath
    3
    Story
    2
    Gar
    2
    Width
    75'
    Depth
    53'
    Area: 3,102 sq. ft. Style: Farmhouse
    Price: $800 - $1,200
    Cost to Build: $279,180 - $527,340
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