The home's one to one-and-a-half stories are ideal for families seeking a formal interior layout coupled with a modest face to the street. Dutch Colonial homes offer little ornamentation, reflecting the simplicity of the interior design. A central front entry typically leads into a main hallway flanked by rooms to either side. The side-gabled gambrel or flared roof includes shed or gable dormers for ample light and ventilation. The large overhang at the front and back is often supported by posts to form a full-width porch.