What is Factory Construction?

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Manufactured homes are just like site-built houses in nearly every way except the most important… where they are built.  Manufactured homes are designed, constructed, painted and inspected all under the protective roof of a modern Building Center.  Anyone who has lived through a typical wet Northwest fall, winter and spring can immediately grasp the advantages of building indoors.

From something as simple as working with always-dry wood to installing name-brand appliances, the finished home is much more than the sum of its high-quality parts.  That means extra value for the home buyer.

Quality Materials Always on Hand

Kiln-dried-dried lumber arrives dry, gets sored under cover, moves directly to the factory floor. Builders never have to work around shipping delays, and don’t have to work bad with materials. 

Always having the right stuff in the same place day in and day out improves efficiency. In addition, consistency in the type and quality of raw materials ensures value.

Common-Sense Construction

Major components are pre-assembled and inspected, then secured in place. Floors and sub-floor installations go down before the walls go up.  Internal carpentry shops next to the assembly line build all cabinetry, which is carried (not shipped) just a few feet for installation in the home.

Inspectors on site

All homes are checked as many as 200 times during the construction process by qualified inspectors working right in the Building Center.

National Building Code

The HUD Code is your guarantee of a well-built home that can be sited virtually anywhere.  The HUD Code offers builders freedom to use the best, most modern materials and homes well-designed, durable and energy efficient.

Team Effort

Design and construction teams are just steps apart. As market demand or technology introduce new features, designers can quickly incorporate them into new homes. As these new features are added, any issues that come up on the factory floor can be resolved just as fast.

Michelle Dux
DeTray’s Housing Consultant

Building Codes Ensure Quality

Manufactured Homes are built to strict, national building codes that regulate design, construction, strength, durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality control.  Performance standards for heating, plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems are also set.

This code is the part of the National Manufactured Home Construction and safety Standards Act, otherwise known as the “HUD Code.” The familiar red seal attached to the exterior of the manufactured home is your assurance the home has been built to high standards and passed as many as 200 inspections during its construction.

Congress passed this act for three interrelated reasons:

  • To preserve access to affordable housing for all;
  • To facilitate interstate shipment of homes from factories all over America that would meet or exceed building codes no matter where located; and
  • States were not uniformly regulating home construction

An independent study by the University of Illinois Architecture – Building Research Council concluded that the HUD Code is comparable to – and in some areas exceed – commonly used local building codes. Where the HUD Code differs, results in important benefits to manufactured home buyers.

Local codes will tend to be “prescriptive.”  The Hud Code is performance-based.  The difference can be summarized in this manner:

  • Prescriptive codes tell the builder, “use this material, no matter what;”
  • Performance-based codes tell the builder, “here is the standard the materials you use must reach.”

Unlike local building codes, the HUD Code is specifically designed to be compatible with the factory construction process. Prescriptive codes, the HUD Code is specifically designed to be compatible with the factory construction process. Prescriptive codes often lag years behind materials and technology available to builders.  Performance-based standards allow builders to take advantage of current technology, improved construction methods and superior raw materials.

And just like any other standard, a building code is only as good as its enforcement.  HUD Code enforcement is more uniform and consistent because inspections take place in the factory under controlled conditions, and fewer inspectors have more experience inspecting more homes.

Michelle Dux
DeTray’s Housing Consultant

Attention Renters!

There are 3 ways to handle money: Spend, Save, Invest.  Money saved loses buying power as inflation raises all prices.  You are already spending on rent.   A beautiful DeTray’s home allows you to spend and invest at the same time.  Instead of letting the landlord use your money every month, you can be building equity as the home goes up in value.  A home is a great investment!

A man came to DeTray’s a few years ago, but didn’t move forward with a purchase.  He came back a couple of weeks ago, ready to start.  He was shocked at the price increases.  His procrastination has cost thousands of dollars.  He has lost the equity that would have been building.  He could have been enjoying his new home all these years. 

There is an old saying, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is right now.”  Don’t let more time pass without the “Spend/Invest” power that comes with owning a beautiful DeTray’s Custom home.

Lora Whitemarsh

Lora Whitemarsh

DeTray’s Housing Consultant

Protecting the BIG Investment

A home is more than a house! It’s the financial security that comes from building equity in a good investment over time. When you buy make sure your home will meet your financial needs when it comes time to sell or refinance.

Manufactured homes are known for their value at the time of sale. How does this value translate to appreciation over time?  Good question!!

Studies conducted by Seattle-based Elway research, University of Michigan and North Carolina show how that manufactured homes generally appreciate in value at the same rate as site-built homes in their neighborhoods. Location is the main factor determining long-term appreciation for both types of homes.

“When the location is good and the home is right for the location, manufactured homes appreciate in step with their neighborhood,” explained consultant and author Steve Hullibrger, who advises developers across the nation and tracks the long-term performance of a database of 1300 manufactured homes. “In my work with urban housing, it’s clear that manufactured homes do well if they are well made, sensibly selected for their neighborhood and blend in with existing houses.” He suggests that homebuyers use the same strategies that developers use when selecting houses for their home sites. “The first thing to look at is the neighborhood. Can we match the size and look of surrounding homes? The interiors of manufactured homes are often better than average site-built house, but don’t limit yourself to the standard exteriors. If the homes in the neighborhood all have garages, add a garage to your home. If they all have exteriors, add a brick facing. The initial investment will be worth it in the long run.”

Michelle Dux
DeTray’s Housing Consultant

Facing Challenging Times

The threat from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken our country and much of the world to conditions that we would not have imagined just a few months ago.  Regardless of the level of severity we actually experience in this country, we want you to be assured that at DeTray’s Custom Housing, we are doing everything we can to ensure we remain fully capable of supporting you and your home buying needs.  We maintain a small staff and our offices are very rarely crowded.  We have drastically increased our sterilization practices to protect both our staff and our clients.

In the highly unlikely event that we would need to close our office due to any health or other disaster related event, we have proactively taken steps necessary to ensure that our team members have the tools and resources to continue operating under normal business conditions.

We hope that we have taken these efforts in preparedness for conditions that will not materialize.  However, we want you to know that we will be here for you no matter what conditions may arise.  

The last few weeks have showcased a very volatile time in the market. From a general perspective, the market does not like uncertainty and we have had a number of events that have increased market anxiety.  That being said, interest rates are still at the lowest we’ve seen in the last ten years. 

Despite the market uncertainty, it is great time to buy a manufactured home, we would love the opportunity to help you.

Make sure to check out year-end savings on select models!  We have three new homes coming in soon, we’re ready to serve you.

The Time is Now

2020, can you believe it?  Twenty short years ago Y2K was looming on the horizon. People were worried that everything would collapse when the computers changed to the new century.  Nothing actually fell apart and life as we know it continued.

It seems like there is always a reason to worry and put off making big decisions. However, not making a decision to move forward is actually a decision to keep things as they are. 

Those who purchased a home in 1999 are 2/3 of the way through their mortgage, with very low payments and tens of thousands in equity. 

There is still land available. Interest rates remain low. Building materials and labor costs will continue to rise. Decide to take advantage of these circumstances in 2020.  Don’t procrastinate.  Come see me!

Lora Whitemarsh

Lora Whitemarsh
DeTray’s Housing Consultant
(253) 840 6773

Your New Vacation Home

PICTURE THIS!

Your family has planned a camping trip for the upcoming weekend and you are looking for a great spot to take your RV for this weekend getaway, but being that it is July, all the good spots are already taken. Unfortunately, you have to cancel your plans and your RV sits in the driveway for another week.

We all love RV’s & camping but no one enjoys fighting other people for great spots, missing out on desirable dates because you tried but booked too late, or looking at your RV in the driveway 50 weeks out of the year!

VACATION HOMES

The solution to this is a Custom Vacation Home from DeTray’s Custom Housing.

This option provides you a guaranteed place to vacation or simply relax whenever you want to without the hassles described above. You will be able to enjoy your vacation home all year round, whether it is a 4th of July reunion with your family, Mother’s Day, or a random weekend getaway.

You won’t be fighting with others for campsites or other desirable locations when you simply want to pick up and go. If you decide on a Thursday that you want to visit your Vacation Home, you can block out that date and go.

THE CRAFTSMAN

This year, DeTray’s will be showcasing your future Vacation Home at the Seattle RV Show.
If you’re looking for more of a traditional design, the Craftsman style blends well with whatever look and feel is right for you. The design is timeless and features 9’ high flat ceilings throughout.

At 728 square feet it is the perfect vacation home for weekend getaways, longer vacations or simply spending one night. The open concept layout allows for great family time together in a wonderful setting, and can be close to your preferred recreational activities. See more information on the Craftsman Cottage.

Disclaimer: Craftsman exteriors are available in 14’9″ floor widths only. Exterior depiction are artist renderings only. Due to window sizes, room dimensions, and other optional features, actual exterior design is always floor plan specific.

Come See Us!

It’s not easy to adequately describe the benefits in a single posting, so I’m encouraging you to come visit us at the Seattle RV Show, February 6-9 at CenturyLink Field Event Center. You can get your tickets by visiting SeattleRVShow.com. We look forward to seeing you there.

Jonathan Williams, Assistant Sales Manager

Feeling Thankful

GRATITUDE

Word origin for gratitude; from Latin gratus, pleasing, thankful.

Grat-i-tude

Noun – the quality of being thankful, readiness for and to return kindness.

When you feel gratitude you are pleased by what someone did for you as well as pleased by the results.

Did you know that positive feelings of appreciation or gratitude may lead people towards “meaning” and “better health”?

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed should include all things in your gratitude.”

Quote- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude is an emotion, a trait, a mood. A feeling of happiness that comes from appreciation.

Abraham Lincoln was 28 years old and a member of Illinois State Legislature. In one of his public addresses he said to his audience,

“This task of gratitude to our fathers, justice to ourselves, duty to posterity, and love for our species in general, all imperatively require us faithfully to perform.”

Quote-Abraham Lincoln

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Quote-Melody Beattie

“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”

Quote-Alfred North Whitehead

“Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and will attract much better things”.

Quote-Rhonda Byrne

My many, many years in the manufactured home industry have given me much satisfaction to providing housing to all my clients. The industry has proven to be progressive in its building, with new and innovative ideas and materials. I am grateful to have chosen this as my career. May you have a prosperous New Year!

Marlene LeMoine, Housing Consultant

Time for Home Preparations

As chilly weather approaches, it is important to take some simple measures to protect your home through the winter months. Winterizing is generally a task that can be done inexpensively, but will make a big difference in how comfortable your home is and could also end up saving you money on energy bills. In fact, many effective house weatherproofing jobs are something that homeowners can complete without any professional help!

Easy Home Weatherproofing

Some small weatherproofing jobs require little to no “handiness”, but can make a real difference once cold weather hits your area. By doing these things before the temperatures drop or the snow falls, you’ll be saving yourself some hassle (and possibly some money, too!):
• Clean gutters and downspouts in mid-fall and double-check them before winter.
• Replace the filter in your furnace.
• Close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather.
• Disconnect hoses from outside faucets and turn off the water.
• Buy a snow shovel and other winter supplies before the messy weather hits.
• Keep extra water and canned food in storage just in case.
• Test your heating system, so that you know it will work properly when you need it.
• Give your deck a fresh coat of sealer to protect it from the winter elements.

Happy Holiday Season from all of us at DeTray’s Custom Housing!

Jonathan Williams, Sale Consultant

Manufactured vs. Stick-Built Housing

Manufactured homes like ours, are built using the same high-quality materials as stick-built homes. Their manufacturing process is also highly regulated by the federal government, meaning the home you buy is held to the highest standards of quality during its design and construction.

They are built entirely inside “home building facilities” that are climate controlled to avoid weather delays and typically offer many customizable options such as many choices of flooring, cabinetry and exterior finish, just to name a few. Each home is internally inspected multiple times throughout various phases of construction to confirm proper construction and quality.

If the home is placed on the post & pier foundation, perimeter material such as concrete blocks, or concrete skirting will be added to finish the home to code. Manufactured homes can also have a garage added just like a site-built home. Manufactured homes can be finance similar to site built, offering VA / FHA, or Conventional land-home, and Chattel type mortgages. The flexibility for you is unsurpassed. We will put you in touch with the largest manufactured home lender in the state. You can apply on line, or directly in our office.

You can choose from hundreds of designs, and you can also create your own manufactured home design by customizing any of our floor plans. A custom-built manufactured home begins with your ideas and how you want your home to be built, inside and out.

One advantage of the home built in a controlled factory environment, is every part of the home – from the front door to the bathroom sink – is protected from weather-related damage, vandalism and other hazards.

Our technicians, craftsmen and assemblers are well trained and professionally supervised, resulting in an excellence of build. Finally, all of our manufactured homes and modular homes undergo more than 35 quality inspections throughout the construction process to ensure they meet our high standards and meet code.

Provides Many Other Advantages

Interested in vaulted ceilings? We offer them. Modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances and perhaps spacious bedrooms with walk-in closets? Those, too. Like site-built homes, our manufactured homes and modular homes offer plenty of floor plans and amenities. You can also find stylish features such as tray ceilings, recessed lighting, custom cabinet applications, large family rooms with entertainment centers and more.

Manufactured homes must be durable enough to withstand transportation. They are built using jigs and other machinery that help increase the quality of the home. Lag bolts, for example, are better compared to nails or reinforcement straps, which on-site builders use.

These homes cost a lot less compared to stick-built homes of the same style and size. Since manufactured homes are built in a controlled environment, they are easier for workers to complete on time.

Selecting a manufactured home can also mean choosing a larger home because they come with more square-footage for the same price compared to smaller, traditional homes. If your budget is limited, purchasing a manufactured home can be a comfortable alternative to renting, and at a competitive price.

When it comes to stick-built homes, there are so many opportunities for delays. The materials – usually sourced from different parts of the country – can be delayed if suppliers are unable to distribute materials to the builder at the right time. However, because manufactured homes are built directly by the manufacturers, materials are readily available and in abundance to get the job done fast. If you have a time constraint in transitioning to a new home, a manufactured home will save you a lot of time. When placed on an engineered foundation, financed similarly to stick built homes, the value is unsurpassed. Remember, you ordered a home, customized to your standards, with the features, options, and your colors. It is a very enjoyable experience knowing you did it “your way”, and received the highest quality home available for you and your family. Congratulations, we hope to see you soon to guide you through every step of this project.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michelle Dux

DeTray’s Custom Housing Consultant