How much $ sqft are your projects? Most of the houses in Vancouver are cookie cutter in a sense that land is so expensive developers need to maximize living space. At the end of the day optimization is always the same square designs. Surrey / Langley and maple ridge have some nice homes that are designed well because land is cheaper, more of those cost is in home. In Vancouver 400-500k in home and and 1 million in land. In Langley you can have 600-700 in house and 200 in land. Also I noticed houses are made with OSB in the valley. All houses I see in Vancouver is framed with plywood.
Maybe cheaper quality in the valley. My home was around $170 sqft back in the day built by Chinese, I thought it was light years ahead of the Indian $140 stuff at the time
The costs for homes in Vancouver start at about $165ish sq ft. Outside of the city of Vancouver (Burnaby etc) that same house would start at about $150. The reason is Vancouver makes you do things no other city would. For example: You need to hire a professional to make sure you house is air tight, sprinklers (other city's do this now) and the big factor is they are making you double wall the exterior walls to separate mechical (piping, water lines vents etc) and the insulted wall. No where else in Canada is this done. Not in the north, not in Ontario. The reasoning for this is that they are worried that the pipes will freeze. Prime example of someone that doesn't know anything about construction making stupid rules.
$165 a sq ft is a basic home. The average homes you see on MLS these days runs about the $200 per sq ft range. Again its hard to answer these questions with out defining exactly what's in the house.
Those houses aren't made of OSB, (maybe they are I haven't seen any) Its a plywood product called chip board. Its glued together pieces of chips. Its about $7 to $10 cheaper then regular ply. Its supposed to be stronger, but it turns into a sponge when it gets wet and its not has strong ply when its sheared laterialy.