DeTray’s to Showcase New Model at Seattle Home & Garden Show

DeTray’s Custom Housing is celebrating!  Come join us!  What’s so special?

DeTray’s will have our exciting new Skyline Ridgewood Shed Roof home at the Seattle Home & Garden Show, February 22-25.  This one bed, one bath, 587 square foot home is 50’x13’4”, including the 6’ covered porch.  The modern Shed Roof and Transom windows show off the Lap below Batt & Board exterior.  Tall vaulted ceilings show off the beautiful cabinets, and window package.  Tile backsplash and appliances are deluxe and included.  Delivered and set up onto your prepared site within 75 miles of Puyallup, only $108,164.00

Home Show Special:

  1. Stainless steel Dishwasher, microwave range hood, 21 Cu Ft Side by side refrigerator, smooth top electric range upgrade package is Included with your signed show “Gift Certificate”!
  2. Qualify with a deposit before February 29, 2024, $1,000 off the base price of the home!

What else are we celebrating?

  1. This is the 80th year for the Seattle Home and Garden Show.
  2. Over 60 years, beginning in 1962, thousands of families have purchased a DeTray’s home, designed and customized to meet their needs.
  3. Our builder, Skyline Homes was established in 1951, and is “America’s Most Trusted Manufactured Home Builder”, located in the P.N.W.
  4. Our DeTray’s team of experienced, helpful salespeople, lenders, transporters, set-up and finishing crew, will make this process as easy and stress free as possible!

Let us help you celebrate every occasion in your new DeTray’s Custom home!

To make it easier to join us at the show, take advantage of our special offer of 2 for 1 tickets and $5 parking. Just show this discount coupon to the parking attendant at the Lumen Field Parking Garage and to the Ticket Box at the gate for your special pricing.

DeTray’s Recognized for Quality & Service

In a significant achievement, DeTray’s Custom Housing has earned the prestigious award of Retailer of the Year from the Northwest Housing Association, solidifying their leadership status in the Pacific Northwest Region of Washington State for quality manufactured housing solutions.

The Northwest Housing Association’s recognition is a testament to the combined efforts of the entire team at DeTray’s Custom Housing. The award is a celebration of their exceptional teamwork, reflecting the company’s commitment to creating manufactured homes that embody quality, affordability, and the essence of true community living.

Dana and Diane DeTray, in conjunction with the collective efforts of their team, including Jonathan Williams, Adrian Ortega, Lora Whitemarsh, and Michelle Dux, have fostered a collaborative environment dedicated to the company’s mission – “to offer affordable quality homes, including custom features at the highest value with minimum stress and maximum satisfaction that meet the individual needs of each customer”. With an outstanding record of teamwork, competitiveness, and a profound passion for crafting affordable, comfortable, and energy-efficient homes, their leadership has set an industry benchmark.

DeTrays Custom Housing stands out for its unwavering commitment to consistently deliver high-quality, affordable homes that cater to the diverse needs of the community. Under their guidance, the team showcases a united commitment to providing housing solutions that prioritize comfort, functionality, and energy efficiency.

The competitive spirit driving DeTray’s Custom Housing is a result of the collective dedication of the team, staying ahead of market trends and employing innovative construction techniques. This collaborative approach ensures that each project goes beyond being just a house, becoming a home tailored to the unique preferences and needs of its occupants.

Passion remains the driving force behind DeTray’s Custom Housing’s success story. Dana and Diane DeTray, along with the entire team’s genuine desire to make a positive impact on people’s lives is shared by every employee. This shared passion influences each decision and design, creating homes where families can live comfortably and thrive.

As DeTray’s Custom Housing continues shaping the future of affordable housing in the Pacific Northwest, the award serves as recognition of their extraordinary team contributions, creating homes that radiate quality, affordability, and the true spirit of community living. Come see their newest “little home” at the Seattle Home & Garden Show on February 22-25th at Lumen Field Event Center.

Types of Skirting on Your New Home & Considerations

There are several types of skirting available for manufactured homes, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.

1. Vinyl Skirting: Vinyl skirting is a popular choice due to its affordability and durability. It is easy to install and comes in a variety of colors and styles. However, vinyl skirting may not provide as much insulation as other types and can be prone to cracking in extreme temperatures.

2. Metal Skirting: Metal skirting is known for its strength and longevity. It can withstand harsh weather conditions and is resistant to pests. However, metal skirting can be more expensive than other options and may require professional installation.

3. Concrete Skirting: Concrete skirting is a durable and low-maintenance option. It provides excellent insulation and can withstand extreme temperatures. However, concrete skirting can be costly and may require professional installation.

4. Faux Stone Skirting: Faux stone skirting offers a natural and aesthetically pleasing look. It is lightweight and easy to install. However, faux stone skirting may not provide as much insulation as other types and can be more expensive.

When choosing the right skirting for your manufactured home, consider factors such as budget, climate, and personal preference. It’s important to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each type to make an informed decision.

Michelle Dux, DeTray’s Housing Consultant

Are Manufactured Homes Stable & Secure?

Concrete runners for manufactured homes are a type of foundation system used to support and stabilize the home. They are typically made from precast concrete and are placed underneath the home to distribute the weight and provide a solid base. These runners are designed to withstand the weight of the home and provide stability especially in areas with unstable soil or high wind conditions. They are an important component of the overall foundation system for manufactured homes. Concrete runners can vary in thickness depending on the specific requirements of the home and the local building codes. Typically, they can range from 4-8 inches thick. As for reinforcement, they are often reinforced with steel rebar or wire mesh to provide additional strength and stability. The reinforcement helps to prevent cracking and ensure the longevity of the foundation.

Skirting is an important aspect of manufactured homes, as it provides a barrier between the home and the ground. There are many different types of skirting available, including vinyl, metal and concrete. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, and it’s important to choose the right one for your specific needs. In future blogs, I will explore different types of skirting available as well the benefits and drawbacks of each. Stay tuned for more information!

Michelle Dux, DeTray’s Housing Consultant

Exhibiting At 2024 Shows- Plan to Come See Us!

DeTray’s Custom Housing, LLC and Champion – Skyline Homes have been partners for over 20 years at several home shows and will continue with a greater exhibitor presence in 2024. We have exhibited at the MHRV Show in Puyallup during the month of May for the last 20 + consecutive years. It is no surprise that DeTray’s Custom Housing will have a more significant presence in the housing sales market in 2024. The Seattle Home Show is primarily a “Home Improvement Show”, while the Puyallup RV show at the Western Washington Fairgrounds caters to the “RV Industry” community. Both are a nice fit to show our homes to contrasting markets. Geographically they are both convenient for the public to visit.

Mark your calendars:

Seattle Home Show February 22 – 25, at Lumen Field Event Center

MHRV Show in Puyallup May 2 – 5, 2024, at the Washington State Fair Events Center

We are thankful to be given the opportunity to exhibit and showcase manufactured housing’s attainability and affordability. Our home buyers find manufactured homes to be an excellent value and superior quality. It is surprising how many people have not yet found the best buy in housing. We are proud to bring our Manufactured Homes to the greater Puget Sound Community now for over 20 years.

We are excited to share all the new products and features! See you at the shows!!

For more information – Log on to the Seattle Home Show at https://seattlehomeshow.com/.

Log on to the Puyallup RV Show at https://puyalluprvshow.com/.

Comfortable, Energy Efficient Home Ownership

DeTray’s Custom Housing in Puyallup, Washington, redefines the concept of comfortable and energy-efficient living. Homeowners who choose DeTray’s not only experience the exceptional warmth and comfort of their custom homes but also enjoy significant energy savings. It’s like driving a comfortable Cadillac while enjoying the gas mileage of a Prius—a perfect combination of luxury and efficiency. With unparalleled insulation, advanced HVAC systems, sustainable practices, and personalized design, DeTray’s homes create a sanctuary that promotes well-being, reduces environmental impact, and leaves homeowners with more money in their pockets. If you’re searching for a home that offers the best of both worlds, DeTray’s Custom Housing is the ideal choice.

  1. Enhanced Quality of Life:

Owning a DeTray’s Custom Home goes beyond the financial benefits. The exceptional insulation and energy-efficient features of these homes contribute to an overall enhanced quality of life. Imagine coming home to a cozy and welcoming space, regardless of the weather outside. The consistent temperature, improved indoor air quality, and quiet ambiance create an atmosphere of tranquility and well-being. Homeowners can relax and unwind, knowing that their home provides optimal comfort without sacrificing energy efficiency.

  1. Long-Term Financial Savings:

Investing in a DeTray’s Custom Home is a smart financial decision. The energy savings generated by these homes can result in significant long-term cost reductions. With rising energy prices, homeowners can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with reduced power bills. The money saved can be allocated to other aspects of life, such as vacations, education, or future investments. Additionally, the energy-efficient features of these homes can enhance their resale value, making them an attractive option for potential buyers.

  1. Environmental Responsibility:

Choosing a DeTray’s Custom Home is an act of environmental responsibility. With increasing concerns about climate change and sustainability, these homes offer an opportunity to minimize our ecological footprint. The energy efficiency of DeTray’s homes reduces greenhouse gas emissions and promotes a greener future. By opting for a custom home that embraces sustainable practices and materials, homeowners contribute to the preservation of our planet for future generations.

  1. Unmatched Peace of Mind:

DeTray’s Custom Homes provide homeowners with unmatched peace of mind. The combination of superior craftsmanship, energy efficiency, and personalized design ensures a home that not only meets but exceeds expectations. Homeowners can have confidence in the durability, comfort, and performance of their home, knowing that it has been built to the highest standards. The exceptional warranty offered by DeTray’s further adds to the peace of mind, providing protection and support for years to come.

  1. Unforgettable Homeownership Experience:

Ultimately, owning a DeTray’s Custom Home offers an unforgettable homeownership experience. From the moment you step into your custom-built sanctuary, you’ll be captivated by the craftsmanship, energy efficiency, and personalized design that sets these homes apart. Every aspect of your home will reflect your unique style, providing a sense of pride and fulfillment. The joy of coming home to a space that truly represents you and offers exceptional comfort and energy savings is an experience that will leave a lasting impression.

DeTrays's Custom Housing Office

DeTray’s Custom Housing offers homeowners a remarkable combination of comfort, energy efficiency, and savings. With enhanced quality of life, long-term financial savings, environmental responsibility, unmatched peace of mind, and an unforgettable homeownership experience, DeTray’s homes truly set the standard for modern living. If you’re ready to embark on a homeownership journey that exceeds your expectations, DeTray’s Custom Housing is the perfect choice.

Adrian Ortega, DeTray’s Housing Consultant

Value or Price in Housing?

Ben Franklin said “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”.  

A quality home costs more up front, but breakdowns, repairs and replacements will cost much more over the life of the home, financially and emotionally.

Usually, the difference in price means just a few dollars a month in the payment.  As time passes, the payment becomes a smaller portion of your income, while the frustrations and expenses of poor quality grows . A home is the most expensive investment most people make.  “You can have high quality OR cheap price, but you can’t have both.”  Choose wisely.

With over 60 years of experience in the manufactured home industry, we can help guide your choices as you make this most important investment decision.

Lora Whitemarsh, DeTray’s Housing Consultant

Public Display of New Manufactured Home

Sometimes you just have to see something to appreciate the value. Such was the case at the 2023 Puyallup RV Show. “DeTray’s Custom Homes and Champion Home Builders staff participated in the 4-day MHRV Show in Puyallup at the Washington State Fairgrounds earlier this month. Pictured is the Champion Home flooring model available for public viewing,” stated Lance C. Clark, Executive Director of the Northwest Housing Association.

DeTray’s Custom Housing showcased a beautiful “smaller home” presented to conform with A.D.U. aka Mother-in-Law homes, vacation-style homes, or a small primary dwelling. At approximately 1,080 square feet of luxurious interior styling, this home was by far the greatest value at the RV Show this year.

Participating at the RV Show provided many people the opportunity to view and experience the features and benefits that manufactured housing has to offer. Many commented that they were surprised to see the quality in the home and it’s affordability and were able to ask questions of DeTray’s and Champion Homes’ staff.

It was great to see and meet the people attending the show and open the door to new ideas for their varying lifestyles. The home is fully furnished and is now available to view again at DeTray’s Model Home Showplace, 10209 149th St E. Puyallup, WA – our Village Appropriate display center on South Hill. We hope you’ll stop by and see all of our model houses and get more ideas for your next new home.

See DeTray’s Newest Model at the Puyallup RV Show

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Dave Helgeson for a previous Puyallup RV Show and is represented here with permission. See more of Dave’s articles at RVTravel.com. DeTray’s Custom Housing will be debuting their newest model home at this year’s show.

Why are there manufactured homes at the Puyallup RV Show? Let’s look at the history of manufactured homes and RVs and many reasons why they “go together so well” today.

Long before there were manufacturers building motorhomes and fifth wheels, there were manufacturers like Kit, Skyline and Fleetwood building trailers; long ones, short ones and some wider than others.

The bigger trailers made great housing for service men returning from WWII, while others found the shorter ones great for camping. In fact, before the term RV was coined, RV Shows were known as “Trailer Shows” as that was primarily the only type of mobile housing being exhibited. As the bigger “house” trailers became longer, wider and heavier they became known as Mobile Homes while the smaller ones meant for camping were called travel trailers.

As the two types further evolved, mobile homes (which were no longer very mobile) became Manufactured Homes while Travel Trailers became the forerunners to all the types of RVs built today. While the two types of trailers and their intended use diverged over the years, they have always been exhibited together at the Puyallup Show and here are a few reasons why they will continue to be.

Many attending the Puyallup Show are searching for something to place on their vacation property. While an RV or park model makes sense some of the time, a roomy manufactured home may be a much better solution. A typical RV is built for weekend getaways and a week or two-long family vacation, not for long periods of occupancy like manufactured homes can withstand.

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.

Another reason to consider manufactured housing over a site-built home for your vacation property: finding a builder to construct your vacation home can be a difficult task. Most onsite builders subcontract the majority of the work to other businesses such as plumbers, electricians and roofers making scheduling difficult and in many cases driving the cost of the total project through the roof. If your vacation property is in a rural area, the cost rises even more as all these sub-contractors add for their travel time. With a manufactured home these costs are controlled in a factory setting.

Building in a factory maximizes efficiency, eliminates mistakes and there are never weather-related construction delays. Manufactured homes are fast too! Once your site is prepared for a manufactured home, the home can be delivered, set up and ready for you to occupy in a matter of weeks, not months. The quick installations that manufactured homes offer make them a great option for areas with short building seasons like the mountains too.

Manufactured homes also provide the ideal retirement home for RVers on the go. Since manufactured homes are built indoors to a national building code (unlike conventional site-built homes mentioned above) they are better built requiring less care and maintenance than their site built equivalent, allowing RVers to spend more time on the road and less time on home repairs. For an even more carefree leisurely retirement experience, consider placing your manufactured home in a 55 plus park. Following are several reasons a manufactured home park appeals to active RVers:

– Many offer secure onsite RV storage

– Many are gated communities allowing you to feel secure leaving you home while on extended RV treks

– Some offer yard service, so you have no worries about your yard getting overgrown while you are out on the road in you RV

Do you have an aging parent or an offspring that hasn’t quite left you as empty nesters? Often manufactured homes are suitable as a secondary dwelling unit on a single property. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) also referred to as accessory apartments, second units, or granny flats, are additional living quarters on single-family lots that are independent of the primary dwelling unit. The separate living spaces are equipped with kitchen and bath­room facilities and can either be attached or detached from the main residence. These are a great choice for an aging relative, college student or young adult who needs a place to call their own. They also make a great guest suite when out-of-towners come for a visit.

As you can see, manufactured homes are extremely versatile and can serve for a variety of housing needs including a vacation home on the lake.

While “trailers” have changed a lot over the past 50 years or so, the Puyallup RV Show is still the place to see the latest in manufactured housing, travel trailers and today’s RVs. You’ll be amazed at what they have to offer.

See the debut of our newest model home at this year’s Puyallup RV Show, May 4th – 7th at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

DeTray’s Holiday Food Drive – Help Those in Need

We have so much to Give Thanks for at this time of year! The terrible Covid virus has diminished. The contentious election noise has settled. Veterans Day reminds us of those who sacrificed for the freedoms of America. 

As we give thanks for our blessings, DeTray’s Custom Homes invites you to bring non-perishable food items to help those in need. Food donations are significantly down right now and there are many more visits to food pantries at the same time – almost double the amount of visits compared with the same time last year at Emergency Food Network.

Please stop by and donate your items at our office, 10209 149th St E, Puyallup.  The most requested items at this time are:

–     Canned proteins (like chicken, tuna and spam)

–     Peanut butter & nut butters

–     Canned fruits & vegetables (low sugar and sodium)

–     Baby food and formula

–     Canned chili or stew (with pop-top lids)

All donations are welcome and will go to the Emergency Food Network in Pierce County.

When those that have enough share with those in need, both are lifted and blessed. May we feel gratitude during this season, and give what we can: food, time, encouragement, love, and hope as we live with “Thanks Giving”!

Lora Whitemarsh, DeTray’s Housing Consultant