Sprites are despised for many reasons, including fighting, which does not help when the Best Kept Village Award is due to be made, but they are also lousy at keeping their residences looking nice and are generally felt to let the side down. The only good thing is that this applies to all the villages so no one place is discriminated against here. Sprites are an untidy, uncouth lot wherever they are.
Building materials range from brick to straw (though houses are not made of the latter. The lessons in The Three Little Pigs have been well learned. Also with dragon attacks a very real possibility, things are kept as non-inflammable as possible to limit damage as much as possible). Locals do have to be careful when using stone for building with as it has been known for the odd troll to be "picked up" by accident from the local heaps of stones and mayhem is the usual result.