The Colonial style of architecture has several variations within its makeup. These variations include Dutch colonial, French colonial homes, Spanish colonial, Georgian house design, Adam or Federal style, and Early classical revival designs.
Dutch Colonial house designs are usually identified as one stories (sometimes 1 1/2" and 2 stories) with gabled or gambreled roof with little or no overhang. The roofs of dutch colonial houseplans are usually moderate to steeply pitched with flared eaves. In earlier original examples, the entrance door is divided into upper and lower halves. Today, this is more commonly a single unit door. The fireplace chimneys are at the end of the dutch colonial house plans (one or both side walls).
French Colonial home style are usually one story and have a series of paired narrow doors & windows with shutters. Windows on french colonial home plans are typically casement windows and doors are usually french doors. Single doors and double hung windows are an option. Roofs are steeply pitched and are hipped or gabled. French colonial house plans are usually stucco finish but, can be brick or siding.
Spanish colonial architecture is commonly one story with a low pitched roof. Usually solid masonry construction with multiple external doors, few and small window openings, and louvered shutters.
The remaining styles we mentioned within the colonial architectural family are discussed in a little more detail on the following pages: Georgian architecture, Federal colonial or Adams style, and Early Classical Revival architecture.