Despite the fact that our Tiny House is not finished jet we have already moved in, because we wanted to celebrate Christmas there and with the predicted very cold wetter the kids have more space to play inside of the Tiny House as they have in the caravan. We have finished up the walls and the floor and started building a kitchen, but I still owe you the posts on that. These will follow soon.
But first things first. We have a big problem whit our front door. It is a wooden door which we bought 2 years ago. At the moment we do not have the possibility to build our own door. We gave the outside a paint to give it some protection. When we build the door into the Tiny House it already was a problem fitting it. The door was warped from the beginning and did not close; we could not lock the door; etc. We reduced the door lock mechanism from a 5 point door lock to a 1 point door lock in order to get the door to shut and to be able to get locked. The doorframe also needed to be modified.
Now after 2 years of use the wood is starting to rot. And if that is not enough we had a few days of heavy frost. One night we had almost -20°C.
That gave our door the rest. Due to the door being build out of low quality and thin wood, moisture formed on the inside and drained the wood. As you can see on the picture above.
This caused the wood to expand. It expanded so much that we could not close the door properly any more. We can only smack the door and hope that it will just pop enough into the frame to keep it in place.
Locking the door is not possible any more. Luckily we have 4 big dogs, so we are not afraid anyone will break in.
The morning after the -20°C the door was actually frozen shut. We had difficulties getting it open. The wood is so very soaked in with moisture, that water runs out and froze on the door and inside of the frame.
We had already ordered a new door, because we did not trust this door anymore, but it came broken and it needed to be swapped. This new door kept us waiting longer then expected and we tried to somehow get the door to at least close again. We put a lashing strap around the door to press it together and then screwed a few planks to the door.
We hoped we could close the door again, but it did not help. After a few days where we could not close our door finally the new door came and we changed the door.
This time we bought a plastic door and it fits perfect. We can open and close it lightly. We do not like plastic, but for now we are very happy with this door. We just need to get a fitting lock and door fittings, but the store was closed on New Years Eve.