See Our Unique Manufactured Housing “Tiny Home”

DeTray’s is thrilled to unveil our latest innovation, the Skyline Ridgewood Shed Roof home, at the upcoming Puyallup RV Show from May 2nd to May 5th. Our featured manufactured housing offers an unparalleled blend of style, functionality, and modern design.

Measuring 50’x13’4” with a 6’ covered porch, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom residence spans 587 square feet. The contemporary Shed Roof design, complemented by Transom windows, accentuates the Lap below Batt & Board exterior, creating a striking visual appeal.

Step inside to discover tall vaulted ceilings that showcase the exquisite cabinets and window package. The deluxe tile backsplash and included appliances add a touch of luxury to the space. You’ll be surprised to see how spacious this small home feels.

Whether you’re seeking a vacation home, an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), or a cozy starter home, this property offers endless possibilities. Don’t miss the chance to witness this showstopper firsthand! Join us at the fairgrounds and experience the unparalleled craftsmanship and innovation of the Skyline Ridgewood Shed Roof home. You won’t be disappointed!

Michelle Dux

Michele Dux, DeTray’s Housing Consultant

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.

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

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

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 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.

Manufactured Homes – A Popular Housing Option for 2023

Manufactured homes, also known as mobile homes, have come a long way in terms of quality and comfort over the years. They are now a popular housing option for millions of people across the United States. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of manufactured homes and why they may be the right choice for you.

  1. Affordability

One of the biggest benefits of manufactured homes is their affordability. In general, manufactured homes cost less than traditional stick-built homes. This is because they are built in a factory setting, where costs can be controlled more easily. Additionally, they require less time and labor to construct, which reduces costs further.

  1. Customization

Manufactured homes offer a high degree of customization. You can choose from a range of floor plans, finishes, and features to create a home that suits your specific needs and tastes. This means you can get the home you want without breaking the bank.

  1. Energy Efficiency

Modern manufactured homes are highly energy-efficient. They are designed with energy-saving features such as low-E windows, insulation, and efficient HVAC systems. This can help you save money on utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

  1. Durability

Manufactured homes are built to withstand the rigors of transportation and installation. They are designed to be strong and durable, with high-quality materials and construction techniques. Additionally, they are built to meet or exceed state and federal building codes, ensuring they are safe and secure.

  1. Quick and Easy Installation

Manufactured homes are built in a factory setting and then transported to their final location for installation. This means that installation is quick and easy, often taking only a few days. This can save you time and money compared to traditional stick-built homes, which can take months to construct.

  1. Community Amenities

Many manufactured homes are located in communities that offer a range of amenities such as pools, fitness centers, and playgrounds. This can provide a sense of community and access to amenities that may be otherwise out of reach.

Manufactured homes offer a range of benefits that make them an attractive housing option for many people. They are affordable, customizable, energy-efficient, durable, quick and easy to install, and often located in communities with amenities. If you’re considering purchasing a home, a manufactured home may be worth considering.

Jonathan Williams
Asst. GM/Sales Manager
DeTray’s Custom Housing

What is an Additional Dwelling Unit – ADU?

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!

Michelle Dux
DeTray’s Custom Housing Consultant

Ocean Shores: A Special Place for Your New Manufactured Home

Hello Ocean Shores Neighbors!

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! 

Come see us at the Open House, browse our Ocean Shores web page, or visit our seven model homes in Puyallup.  Enjoy this beautiful summer in Ocean Shores!

Jonathan Williams, Sales Manager

DeTray’s Custom Housing