Now houses are made from kits, thrown together in a matter of weeks - perhaps days. Cheap bricks, plastic fixings and MDF. No carpentry. No masonry. No skill. Will they hold memories? No. They can barely hold themselves up.
Houses are money now. That's all they are. Symbols of money.
Give me dry rot, draughts and woodworm over laminate flooring, a smart meter and a wall-mounted fake fire any day.