Get Your Bang for the Buck

I wanted to talk to you about getting the most “bang for your buck” when it comes to buying a home. If you look at today’s building materials in our new manufactured homes, they are what I see on today’s construction sites. I drive around and see various housing developments, apartment homes, new commercial buildings and they all have one thing in common. You guessed it, the materials used to build. I see O.S.B. board, 2×4’s, 2×6’s, sheet rock, Tyvek house wrap and the list goes on. Our homes from DeTray’s have all the same materials, real wood studs, joists and trusses, top-grade roofing materials, energy star windows, insulation, siding and doors just like a home built today.

You want Quartz counter tops, tiled showers, name-brand appliances, Hardie lap siding, metal roofs, all for far less that the competitors offer? Then come see us today. Most new homes built today range from the mid 300’s up to 500k. Why pay so much for something that is built with the same materials as today’s manufactured homes? Manufactured home building standards are quite impressive given the manufactured homes history; it is almost night and day. This is a good thing for the consumer who is looking for home ownership, not everyone has 350K to go buy a 2-story home in a neighborhood, on a “postage stamp” lot and no parking. Reach out and give your neighbor a high-five without leaving your home! Well, thanks but no thanks, that’s just my opinion. In today’s market and your average cost of living, who wouldn’t like to have a custom home built with quality building materials for 30% less and have a large piece of land you can actually do things with? Not having an H.O.A. telling you what you can or cannot do on your land? No thank you. I know what sounds more appealing to me. Home ownership with fewer restrictions, a bigger lot and larger home for less. That is high value. That is more “bang for your buck“!

With that said, I encourage you to look into today’s manufactured homes and just see what might be a perfect solution to your housing needs. Hope to see you soon here at DeTray’s Custom Housing. Stop by and see me at 10209 149th St. E. in Puyallup.

Happy Holidays!

Zac Phillips – Housing Consultant

Skyline Corporation’s Mega Factory Tour

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Traveling South from DeTray’s Custom Housing we are headed for McMinnville, Oregon; home of Howard Hughes Spruce Goose, Linfield College, and Skyline’s Mega Manufacturing Facility. Estimated arrival time is two and half hours away.

Upon arriving at Skyline, we were promptly greeted and introduced to a young man who outfitted us with OSHA Safety Gear, hard hat, safety vest, and goggles. Yes, these are required!

As we entered the vast building we were given instructions that were intended to keep us safe during our visit. A need for caution was obvious as we saw a moving chain pulling huge sections of manufactured homes from one end to another. The rat-a-tat-tat of machine gun sounding nail guns made it clear that this was a very busy environment.

Winding our way from one end toward the other while ducking and turning, we walked past many floors. Some had walls, roofs, plumbing, windows, and more. Each had a different level of completeness. These levels diminished as we move toward the Birth of each home. It was evident that organization was and is paramount to the success of this company – system where each worker is skilled at their specific role, as they greeted each new floor.

We arrived at the entrance where the magic begins, where the long steel frames are attached to their carriages and the OSB flooring becomes the solid surface for someone’s home. Floors are moving as skilled craftsmen assemble each step under the Foreman’s watchful eye. I was amazed at the efficiency, cleanliness, and professional approach each worker exhibited. I saw the Shop Foreman speaking to workers in the plant, not simply sitting behind a desk.

After the tour, we took off our OSHA required gear and met some of the team responsible for keeping supplies flowing. We saw how Skyline kept track of each home section as it was ordered, built, and completed. We experienced where the finished sections were prepared and stored for their final trip to some lucky manufactured home Home Owner.

I highly recommend this tour for anyone serious about buying a Custom Home. Skyline will convince you that their Goal is “Bringing America Home, Bringing America Fun”.

Happy Holidays,

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Mike Buck

DeTray’s Custom Housing

Why We Have Model Homes

"We have so much to offer..." Michelle Dux

“We have so much to offer…” Michelle Dux

Do you know what I love about Detray’s model homes? They all have well-appointed features for the purpose of showing the customization that is available to the buyers. Who doesn’t want a one-of-a-kind home?

We take great pride in pointing out what the standard features are, so that our customers can accurately compare and determine the true value of the home that works best for them rather than the best “price”. Our focus as “Housing Consultants” is to help our customers make the best decision for them. We hope they are taking advantage of the knowledge available to them to help them make the best decision.

I might have been here a short time, but I have customers coming back to purchase because they were given the information to “help” them make a “forever home” decision that will impact them for a lifetime. And folks, that’s the true measure of reward for everyone!

Mobile Homes Vs. Manufactured Homes….What is the Difference?

question-markAs the newest member of the team at Detray’s Custom Housing in Puyallup, Washington, I am frequently asked what the difference is between our homes (manufactured homes) and mobile homes. Knowing that the Detray Team is always about offering the highest level of information and professional advice, I set out to make sure I understood the facts. Here is what I have learned.
History
As early as the 1920’s, mobile homes were being pulled by automobiles (back then there were even blurred lines between travel trailers and mobile homes!) Mobile homes were often created as simple sleeping areas without plumbing and bathrooms. In the 1940’s, bathrooms were introduced and the size of mobile homes grew to the point that folks began to use them as retreats and vacation homes. Important point….Prior to 1946 there were no construction standards for mobile homes! After World War II, returning veterans were looking for affordable housing and turned to mobile homes. In June, 1946, the federal government stepped up their involvement in the mobile home industry and enacted the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Act. Mobile homes were then required to be built under the regulations of HUD (Housing and Urban Development).
Here’s the key! What’s the difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home? It’s all in the date! According to HUD, a factory-built home prior to June 15, 1976 is a mobile home and one built after June 15, 1976 is a manufactured home. Here are some common traits of manufactured homes:
* • Usually built in a factory and taken to the property where they are set up
* • May be built on metal frame for transportation purposes.
* • Customization by builders produce Manufactured Homes to your specifications.
Modern Day
Many of today’s manufactured homes are being built to standards that rival high-end, site-built homes. Yes, there are still manufactured home builders that have kept “one toe in the old-school pond”; however, the modern, educated consumer is demanding that a high-quality manufactured home be placed on their land or in a park. I believe this trend is good for the industry and that the savings achieved for home buyers by manufacturers producing these beautiful homes inside a dry and level factory will continue to deliver construction and, therefore, financial advantages to the consumer.
Today’s modern homes are built with 2×6 construction, Quartz or Granite countertops, Ceramic Tile Backsplashes, Laminate Floors, Low e Glass Windows, Energy Star Ratings, 30-year Lap Siding, Architectural Shingles, Beautiful Wood Cabinets, and much, much, more!
Conclusion:
If you want a custom home built with high-quality interiors and exteriors, featuring the finest materials available; and, you want to purchase that custom home at a significant savings over a site-built home, consider buying a modern, manufactured home!
For more information on materials, floor plans and other information, contact me: Mike@DeTrays.net or go to Detray’s Custom Housing website.

Join Us at Our Open House in Ocean Shores

With recent improvements in the economy, we’re seeing quite a bit of interest in secondary homes for “get-away” purposes. Some prefer to call it a “Stay-cation” opportunity, a way to combine vacation time with having the comforts of home. A home out in the country, on the beach or just away from the daily hustle and bustle…many find it a great way to connect with family and friends.

Your “home away from home” is always available, ready when you are. Can you imagine leaving home to go on a vacation, leaving that routine behind, going to warm, comfortable surroundings where you can meet family and friends in the comfort of your vacation home? Or just get away for a few days to relax and unwind?

Many of our customers have been surprised to find how affordable this lifestyle can be. With size options and literally hundreds of options, you can have the perfect staycation getaway for your needs. DeTray’s Custom Housing works with three builders, Skyline Homes, Kit Homebuilders and Karsten Homes to customize a fit for you. Small cabin, “tiny home”, multi-bedroom? We work to build your own perfect paradise by first arranging the pre-planning of the custom design of the home. We then arrange to obtain all necessary feasibility issues to place your vacation home on your lot and build the home package to your specifications including options, colors, furnishings and budget.

While we can place your home anywhere in the great Northwest, there’s been quite a bit of interest for this type of home out on the Pacific Coast. Please join us at our Open House in Ocean Shores to get a feel for this type of get-away and get all of your questions answered. We look forward to seeing you!

Ocean Shores Model Home

Ocean Shores Model Home

 

Open House at Ocean Shores:

When: July 2nd & 3rd, 2016
Where: 373 Canal Dr NE
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
See: Our Model Home

DeTray’s Honors our Veterans…Thank You!

Thank You Veterans

Thank You Veterans

DeTrays’s would like to congratulate our veterans along with our nation for all the sacrifices made by the men and women who served and fought for our freedom. We thank them.

Please take the time to read the following famous quotes honoring our veterans.

“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”
— Mark Twain

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
— John F. Kennedy
“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.”
— George Bernard Shaw
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
— Elmer Davis
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
— Maya Angelou
“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!”
— Sun Tzu
“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.”
— Michel de Montaigne
“History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.”
— Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”
— Benjamin Franklin
“I believe it is the nature of people to be heroes, given the chance.”
— James A. Autry
“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.”
— George Washington

Our veterans are our nation’s heroes. They stepped up to fight our nation’s wars without question or doubt.

Thank a Veteran!