Ever wondered whether all those scenes that you see have any significance in real life? Have you seen the huge Bunglows and vast open spaces with a home right in the middle of it. The farmhouses and the ambience is all created. For all we know, there are not even homes in the way that are shown in the movie.
The entire effect of a properly planned architecture in a movie gives an absolute visual effect and it is of understanding that whatever we see, if placed in appropriate lighting can give more than the same effect. What we do know is that the same area can be re-used by placing the furniture around and change few characteristic background effects to show up a new place.
The best part of make-shift architecture is the utility it has and we can always give out the effect of the real thing. The nuances used behind such a construction is pretty much same as the real architecture and more often we need to be calculative of what we are creating and showing the audience. The advantage of having an intelligent audience is that it enables the movie-makers go for more realistic viewing places and locations.
Ultimately what we see on the big screen is because of the keen understanding and minute clearance of giving a life like experience of having to see the original house or complex or a college too. Huge sets are difficult to create but once created they give out a real effect as if the locations are actually existing. Kudos to good movies!