An accessory dwelling unit, usually just called an ADU, is a secondary housing unit on a single-family residential lot. They are also known as cottage housing, mother-in-law suites and granny flats.
ADU’s are intended to assist a variety of households to increase home and personal security by utilizing the existing infrastructure and community resources throughout the County, while protecting the existing character of single-family neighborhoods.
ADU’s are being utilized to a greater degree because we all have aging parents and grandparents that want to live independently but be close to family. We have many customers that want to provide security and loving support for their family members.
Be aware that every County has general requirements, which includes the number of ADU’s allowed, type of unit, the size, detached or attached. Check out your specific county for details. Here are some examples.
And of course, we have beautiful homes that meet the requirements of ADU’s for every county. We have 2 models on our display lot with many more floor plans on our website. Feel free to check them out!
Ocean waves, sandy beaches, the Canal, wooded lots, dancing kites, clams, golfing, great food…everything is special about beautiful Ocean Shores! DeTray’s Custom Housing is proud to be part of this vibrant, growing community. We have placed many new homes in Ocean Shores over the past twenty years.
We are proud sponsors of the North Beach Community TV channel, bringing you news and interesting happenings in Ocean Shores. Check out the interview with happy customer and local, Johnny Gargano, featuring our “Little Bit Country” model, located at 276 Canal DR NE. Better yet, come visit at our Open House July 30th, from 11:00-3:00.
Do you have family or friends that would like to join our community full time, or on week-ends? We can build a custom home exactly the way they want it. You get happy memories with those you love (AND a $500 referral fee when we build their house). Your loved ones get a quality home, built quickly and affordably. We get a happy new customer. Your referral can make this a win-win-win!
We are excited to be bringing one of our manufactured homes to the upcoming Seattle RV Show, February 17-20 at Lumen Field Events Center. But you may be wondering why a manufactured home dealer would participate in an RV Show…
Many people attending an RV Show are searching for some sort of dwelling to place on their vacation property. While an RV or park model makes sense some of the time, a roomy manufactured home could be a better solution. A typical RV is built for weekend getaways and a week or two, long family vacation. They’re not for long periods of occupancy like manufactured homes are designed for. Manufactured homes offer better value than other housing solutions. Since modern manufactured homes are built to a different set of standards than RVs, tiny homes or recreational park models, the cost per square foot is often considerably less. For what you would pay for a nice 400 square foot fifth wheel or park model, you are likely able to buy nearly 800 square feet worth of a residential styled manufactured home.
We also like to attend this show to enable people north of our Puyallup location to see and experience a manufactured home. We’ll be bringing our smallest model home, the Troubadour. The Troubadour is a perfect vacation home or ADU (additional dwelling unit). People will be able to walk through it and we will be there to answer any questions people have about the purchasing and building process. If you go, be sure to find us at space Northwest D in the East Hall. We hope to see you there!
Home ownership is the American Dream. Let DeTray’s Custom Housing help you celebrate this achievement every June in the future, by starting today!
Home ownership is the most important financial decision most people make. While rent prices go up every year, your mortgage payment remains the same for 30 years. Your income grows, and the payment becomes a smaller and smaller percentage of your expenses.
Each monthly payment acts as a kind of forced savings. As you pay down principle, your equity (the amount of your home you actually own) grows.
It’s smart to build equity and financial stability while you enjoy your beautiful home. The equity in your home can eventually become liquid cash that you can access, either by selling your home, or borrowing against it. When you own a home, it is more than just a place to live; it’s also a financial asset.
History shows that overall, homes become more valuable. Think of what your parents paid for their home, and how much it is worth today!
What is the leading wealth producer for average Americans? Home Ownership!
DeTray’s has helped hundreds of families celebrate the thrill of this great achievement. Our experienced team has guided the process of designing, delivering, and finishing, beautiful custom homes at our location at 149th and Meridian in Puyallup for nearly 30 years. Let us help you have the joy and satisfaction of home ownership.
Prior to working at DeTray’s Custom Housing, I had a very different view of the entire concept of manufactured homes. I viewed them as sub-par homes and a ‘cheap way out’. In my past perspective, I understood these homes as the cheaper option for potential buyers. As I entered the amazing world of custom housing, I quickly realized how wrong I was. While manufactured homes can be a less expensive option for buyers, the quality does not differ. I understood the stigma around buying manufactured or “mobile” homes, but after looking through a Skyline or Kit custom home, understanding the standard features of each, and learning the true quality of each house, I believe buying a custom manufactured home is definitely one of the best choices to make. With the houses coming standard with desirable and convenient features, Kit and Skyline also offer incredible optional upgrades, so you can truly make any floorplan your home. I’m glad I was introduced to all of the upsides and conveniences of building your own custom home, as I now have the opportunity to share this new perspective with potential buyers, particularly buyers coming in with the same skepticism I once exuded.
My first week at DeTray’s Custom Housing has been the most engaging, refreshing, and collaborative introduction to a work place I’ve experienced. As overwhelming as it is to become accustomed to a new job, especially with this level of complexity, the DeTray’s team creates a welcoming and patient environment for all, offering help where needed, as well as challenges designed for growth. With differing situations and scenarios, working at DeTray’s creates opportunity for substantial growth on a daily basis. The most rewarding aspect for me is being presented with questions or tasks that I’m not already knowledgeable about. This not only gives me the chance to clarify with questions to involve myself further, but also contributes to my ongoing education and drive.
In comparison to my first day, I’m more than proud of myself with the progress I’ve made, thanks to my amazing mentors, who maintain an enjoyable, yet professional place of work. I am extremely thankful to be given the opportunity to work in a surrounding as diverse and stimulating as DeTray’s, where there is room for significant improvement, and rewarding components. I can’t wait to see my further improvement in the future, and my further involvement in maintaining such an accessible and accommodating environment, for staff and customers.
Please stop and see me soon, I look forward to meeting you.
Bronwyn Williams – Sales Assistant Bronwyn@detrays.net
Covid-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, especially in housing. Businesses have been shut down completely or temporarily, causing shortages in product availability. Our Kit and Skyline manufacturing factories have protected their employees by closing and cleaning several times.
The building industry has been hard-hit as lumber, roofing, sheet rock, insulation, flooring and other housing component prices have sky-rocketed in the past 6 months. The factories have added a “Material Surcharge” to cover these increases. Customers that were not ready last spring are shocked at the increases when they come back now to get started. Some things to ponder:
They aren’t making any more land. More building means less land available. Many “Parks” are full.
Summer fires destroyed thousands of acres of trees. Lumber prices will continue to go up.
Some suppliers will not recover. Selection and availability will be limited, raising prices, causing delays.
Kit and Skyline will continue to protect employees by closing and cleaning, delaying deliveries.
Site development costs will also rise for all the above reasons, besides the difficulty of Permit Departments, Inspectors, Appraisers, Septic Designers etc., working sporadic hours and not being available.
Every part of your project: House, Land, Development will cost more going forward than if you act now.
Interest rates are still historically low. You can borrow more money and have a lower payment. Limit the increases by moving forward now. If you need more room for a growing family, or want to downsize, this is the time to act. Waiting will make every part of the process more difficult and much more expensive. There will never be a better time to have a beautiful DeTray’s custom home for your family. Begin now. Enjoy the home sooner and relax, no matter what lies ahead. DeTray’s Custom Housing is offering a $500 discount with your deposit to start before January 15, 2021! Let us help you “Live happily ever after” in a beautiful DeTray’s home.
Energy efficiency has always ranked at the top of home buyers’ features list. Good news – the Pacific Northwest manufactured home industry builds more ENERGY STAR® homes than anywhere else in the nation.
Energy Star® is a federal government certification that means the home has been independently verified to be at least 30% more energy-efficient than homes built to 1993 national Model Energy Code, or 15% more efficient than state energy code, whichever is more rigorous. These savings are based on heating, cooling, and hot water energy use and are typically achieved through improving five separate areas in the home:
Ducts carry air from central heat and air conditioning equipment to every room in the home. In a typical American home, ducts leak 20-30% of the air being forced through them. Tightly sealed ducts in ENERGY STAR® Homes are the proper size, made from quality materials, located properly and insulated to ensure energy efficiency and maintain comfort.
Air leakage accounts for 25-40% of the energy use for heating and cooling a typical home. ENERGY STAR® homes are sealed to reduce noise, moisture, and drafts – both in and out. Blocking outside air prevents dust, pollen, auto exhaust and insects from coming in. Stopping inside air from leaking out reduces escape of temperature-controlled air.
HEATING AND COOLING EQUIPMENT
More than 50% of a home’s energy use goes to heating and cooling. High-efficiency heating and cooling equipment can lower utility bills, require less maintenance and result in a quieter home.
To maintain temperature efficiently and effectively, insulation must provide a continuous layer of protection. This involves careful installation without gaps, crimps, or compression, and careful attention to fitting around obstacles like pipes, wiring and outlets.
Windows typically make up 10-25% of a home’s exterior, yet as much as half of a home’s heat loss and gain travels through them. Advances in window technology can reduce this loss through double glazing low-e coatings, low conductance framing materials, thermal breaks and insulated frames.
These features contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, and to lower energy demand and reduced air pollution. ENERGYSTAR® also encourages the use of energy-efficient lighting and appliances, as well as features designed to improve indoor air quality. And don’t forget utility promotions and rebates on appliances used in the home!
I personally invite you to visit our ENERGY STAR® homes at our design center! We look forward to seeing you soon!
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.
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.
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.
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.