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Very interesting observation and I can attest to this happening a lot in the field. My personal opinion is that most instances where this happens is due to the quality of the architect, or the price of what the owner is willing to pay. Unfortunately with what owners expect with dropping fees everywhere they expect to get as good of a product as they use to, but pay half the price, this is extremely unrealistic and I see it diluting the architectural field with amateur work and flawed blue prints which you must run into a lot. This also happens when contractors become the designers and decide to simply build something quickly and skip various corners knowing that they can figure it out in the field. The best way to avoid this is to work with a conscientious client, one who will shell out the appropriate price and creating an erectors set, this allows the plan to be duplicated unto another project simply, only making adjustments for size and site specifics. This can be applied through the contractor or the architect and is a great way to both make money and create a good product that can be replicated easily. This also has its own flaws because cookie cutter is just something I can't but shutter at when I hear spoken. The rest is up to you.