Noob Disclaimer: I have no professional knowledge of construction, architecture or home building. I just like it a lot and this question has been bothering me for some time. I'm probably using the wrong terminology here but I'm having trouble finding any answers I find satisfactory.
I love home architecture made of clean lines, lots of windows, open floor plans, but can't seem to understand why those homes cost so much to build. To get an idea of the style I'm talking about you can see some modern prefabs like these
. From what I read the price for prefab is comparable to just stick building one from scratch.
I guess what is tripping me up is the fact that the materials alone for something like this one
is $36k, plus an estimated $138k in building costs, seems like a lot for such a small building made of straight lines. Its basically a rectangle with windows.
When I compare that to a more traditional-style home, it seems like I could get a much more complicated building for $180k (like this
for example). The more traditional homes often have a lot of extra details: more walls, doors, alcoves, floorboards, shutters, window sills etc. Also it seems it would be more complicated to position load-bearing walls and such.
tl:dr; Why is it cheaper to make more complex homes?