I have an older home, and every time it rains, I get water in
my house. How does Platinum Series Homes make sure this doesn’t
happen in a new house?
A: We install perforated corrugated pipe (called “TILE”)
both inside and outside of the foundation at the footing level,
which collects the exterior water and dumps it into the sump
pump pit. When the water level in the sump pump pits rises high
enough to start the pump, the water is pumped into the city’s
storm sewer at the street.
I am discussing building a new home with other contractors,
they mention a warranty. Does Platinum Series Homes offer a
A. Platinum Series Homes offers a basic one-year warranty that
virtually covers every item in your home. There are numerous
individual product warranties that supersede our basic warranty,
such as a 30 year limited warranty on the shingles, a limited
lifetime warranty on the siding, and others. We have a 26-page
warranty booklet given to each homeowner at closing that explains
the coverage, the industry standards and corrective measures.
We also distribute home maintenance tips and warranty inspections
at 30 days and one-year ownership anniversary dates.
Why does Platinum Series Homes use 2 x 6 exterior walls, when
other builders use 2 x 4 walls?
A. Platinum Series homes use 2 x 6 exterior walls for a couple
of reasons. 2 x 6 walls are used mainly for wall stability.
Some builders use 2 x 4 walls and either R-Board or a sound
deadening board as an exterior sheathing. Both of these items
have no real structural stability and could easily allow the
2 x 4’s to shift and move. Platinum Series Homes uses
2 x 6 with a _” OSB sheathing, which is a laminated wood
sheet with structural properties. The second reason Platinum
Series Homes uses 2 x 6 exterior walls for insulation purposes.
Platinum Series Homes can install R-19 insulation in the exterior
walls, helping to increase the energy efficiency in the home.
Some builders will tell you that 2 x 4 walls can increase the
interior size of the home. I would prefer for the energy savings
as compared to the minimal few square feet of space added to
I would spend all of my free time on weekends fixing up my home.What
measures do you take to build a low maintenance home?
A. Platinum Series Homes is aware of lack of free time in today’s
world. Growing families seem to always be on the go, and there
never is enough time for the larger home maintenance items.
We try to build our homes with these thoughts in mind. We include
vinyl windows and siding, so you eliminate the painting. We
build treated decks that don’t require any staining. We
use concrete for drives and patios, so you will not need to
recoat the asphalt. And then there are the numerous extended
warranty items, like the shingles with a 30 year limited warranty.
heating/cooling bills are outrageous. Are your homes more energy
A. Platinum Series Homes installs high efficiency furnaces in
all of our homes at no additional cost to the homeowner. We
also increase the insulation in the attic to an R-46. By using
2 x 6 exterior walls we are able to put 2 more inches of insulation
in the walls when compared to 2 x 4 construction.
Where does Platinum build?
A. Platinum Series Homes purchased about 100 acres north of
the highway bypass in Marion called Squaw Creek Meadows. They
have constructed numerous homes in this subdivision and have
branched out to build in other areas such as Robins, Cedar Rapids,
and Davenport; with Waterloo soon to come. Platinum Series Homes
is not limited to any one area and is always welcome to build
wherever the customer decides.
told me that you put more upgrades in your homes than other
builders, is this true?
A. When Platinum Series Homes was deciding on their type of
home they would like to offer, the consensus was to offer a
home that we would like to live in ourselves. We do not want
to sit down and order a house like you order a car, picking
and choosing options for the home that should have already been
included. Some of our standard items include a 50-gallon water
heater, a direct vent fireplace, tile/wood floor in the kitchen
and dining areas, a water softener loop, an icemaker line, and
What choices can I make on my home?
A. It would depend on which stage of construction the home is
in when an offer is made. If you purchase a “ to be built”
home, you can make all of the choices from paint colors to foyer
tile, from light fixtures to kitchen cabinets, etc. You can
even sit down with our staff and design a home from scratch,
which gives you more choices such as room sizes, style of home,
and square footage of the house.
have a friend that is a painter and he told me he could do the
work for me. Does Platinum allow this type of arrangement?
A. Platinum Series Homes does not mind outside involvement or
if you would like to choose your own subcontractor. The only
stipulations Platinum Series Homes has is that they have to
work within our schedule. If there are delays due to the outside
workers, it could cost you money in the end. Platinum Series
Homes cannot warrant the products or the work that is performed
by subcontractors other than the companies hired by Platinum
do I get to Squaw Creek Meadows to see some of your homes?
A. Take the Highway 100 bypass east towards Highway 13 and turn
north on 22nd Street. You can either turn right on Grand Avenue
or A Avenue and both streets will take you into Squaw Creek
Meadows. If you would like a personal tour contact our office
at 319-373-2683 to make an appointment.