I have built four sets of wheel using the BHS hubs, mostly the SL211 and UL66 front. They are very well made for the price. I agree about the DS flange spacing being narrower than I like, but it's better than some popular hubs like DT. The SL218 has slightly wider DS flange spacing. The freehubs resist gouging much better than other aluminium freehubs like Powertap.
I have tried lacing the DS 1x heads in, which increases the effective flange spacing. It does make the wheel feel laterally stiffer but I'm not yet sure if it makes the wheel more durable.