Price is one reason I'm working from plans (so far). They do allow that option.
As for comparing value of the kit – it’s often hard to tell really what you’re getting. Sonex has definitely optimized in the directions of value and a slick little airframe. But consider the Sonex kit is not match drilled like an RV – Sonex generally provides holes in only one of any two parts that attach together, and it’s up to the builder to achieve correct alignment and drill through. Sonex also saves the builder money through the use of stock “channel” pieces – lengths of “z” or “u” channel that the builder has to measure, cut to shorter lengths, cut smaller features in the ends of the parts so they can join with the mating parts, mark hole patterns on, drill these, clamp to the undrilled mating part, drill through, etc. Not that this is hard, it just adds time. The Sherwood kit has all the tubes cut to length with the necessary hole patterns at least pilot drilled. They could easily leave that out and provide a bundle of 12-foot long tubes instead to reduce some cost.
Another thing Sonex does is they don’t include the myriad of bolts, nuts, washers, cotter pins, cables, rod ends, etc. – the million little things necessary to hold the big metal pieces together and make things work. They have worked with Wicks and Spruce to have those companies assemble kits of hardware. Those are somewhere in the range of $1000-2000 now. From what I understand, the Sherwood kit includes all that stuff. You just add engine, instruments, covering, and paint.
Anyway, there’s lots of little differences in what’s included and the level of completion work required by the builder that contribute to kit cost. Has G-TLAC made the right choices in this regard? Will they want to expand the range of options in order to attract customers with more time than money?