Explore the Federal/Adam Style Home
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Decorative window accent available in a wide range of design and color options to complement virtually any architectural style. Many vinyl siding manufacturers offer shutters in colors that coordinate with their vinyl siding profiles.
This style is commonly differentiated by Palladian windows and other embellishments such as a semicircular fanlight over the front door, circular or elliptical accent window, decorative swags, garlands, and moldings.
Federal/Adam houses frequently feature clapboard as the predominant exterior cladding (with a choice of 3” to 8” reveals).
Historically, a light to medium palette was common in all colors except reds, greens, and browns. Modern interpretations incorporate a much broader variety of colors, including deeper hues. Vinyl and polypropylene siding come in hundreds of colors certified to withstand fading.
Options suited for the Federal/Adam style include a heavy cornice with crown, medallions, or dentil molding on fascia or friezes; decorative front door surrounds with elliptical or half-round fanlight transoms and head trim, or triangular or broken pediments and pilasters; window crowns with keystone trim or pediments and lineals; band boards at the foundation; beaded soffit; roof balustrade; and shutters.
Dentil molding in the cornice is a common distinguishing feature of Federal/Adam houses.