The fact that people prefer to live in houses has not really ever sunk in with architects. The tendency towards hive design prevails, and those examples of suburban architecture that do manage to find their way into the magazines are invariably iconoclastic. For the profession there are two utopias: dense urban and rural seclusion.
Sensitivity to context makes us beholden to convention. I favor pitched roofs for aesthetic reasons more than functional ones. The last house I ever work one will almost certainly be traditional in form and detail.