While I've been making use of CC, NMT, Colonial Houses and Small Town Rowhouses for some time to make varied and large towns, I've found that the range of mods from Discrepancy, kid1293, tanypredator, embx61 and of course RedKetchup, plus the individual components that Tom Sawyer has pulled out from his Banished To The North mod (and other modders whose names I can't remember right now) have actually changed the way I play the game - definitely for the better.
When I first starting playing Banished, I used to focus on making one or two large, spreadout towns. Now with so many small but excellent mods to increase my building & farming options, I tend to make one central village (to expand into the main town) and a number of smaller villages further out on the map. It's a big change from the sloppy way I used to build settlements.
So far, I have 600+ hours on Banished, I'm quite certain that with all these great mods, I'll rack up another 600 hours and still be playing Banished for years to come. The only other games I've played for that length of time are TES V: Skyrim and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, completely different gamestyles to Banished. What keeps me coming back to Banished is the mods. Just to be clear, I did enjoy the survival idea of the vanilla game but I love the freedom and creativity given to the game by all the mods
So after all that, what I'm really saying is "Thank you" to all the modders, for all the mods, big or small. We might not say thanks often enough but for some of us, you folks really make the game a more enjoyable experience than I've found in some of the latest big name game releases (I'm looking at you Fallout 4).