Electric power tools are not making people create better quality products. It is allowing most to create products that would have never had the courage to try with simple hand tools. The more dangerous the tool, the more inexperienced folk want to use the the tool. Hand someone a cross cut hand saw today, or a hammer and nail. See who can use them and who cannot.
I partially blame this on television shows and YouTube videos that feature these tools. On YouTube for instance, a person starts out doing videos with whatever tools they have on hand which most DIYers can relate to.
As their popularity grows, they get sponsors who often donate fancy new tools, which they now have to feature and promote if they want to keep those sponsors. A number of channels I watched went this route (with the exception of Paul Sellers who specializes in hand tooled projects).
We could probably do a whole topic on YouTube woodworkers who “lost the faith”.
This house I am sitting in right now and a couple others that I own, took more than 5 years each to build.
While I agree, today’s houses are often built as fast and cheaply as possible and it often shows, I do not think when a house was built or the length of time it takes to build it necessarily dictates its quality.
I have seen good and bad construction on new and old houses.
The trick to getting a good house built is often just vigilance.
Musicians have a saying. When you make it big, the first thing you do is hire a good lawyer. Then you hire a second lawyer to keep an eye on the first lawyer.
A similar adage applies to having a house built. First, you hire a reputable contractor, then like the second lawyer, you keep an eye on that contractor. This means educating yourself, visiting the site as often as possible and not being afraid to ask questions about the quality of the work or how it is being performed.
Yes, it is a pain but that vigilance will save you from more severe and costly pain down the road.