A new doorway

Of course, the new door was going to need a new doorway.


The old doorway was in a mess. It had come away from the wall and needed removing in order to repair the damage, anyway.*


So, once I had removed the door, the doorframe was removed.


I then cleaned out all the rot,


replaced with new wood,


and strengthened the floor.


A steel plate was fitted to the underside and 6” bolts fitted. The bolts are long enough to incorporate an extendable step to be fitted at a later stage.


A new section was then fitted to the new doorstep.


I finished off with a bit of flashing to protect it from wearing.


I cut,


sanded,


stained


and fitted the interior door posts.


It was at this point that I discovered something odd; the roof height wasn’t level. For whatever reason, the left-hand (bedroom) side was higher than the right-hand (kitchen) side. By a surprising amount, too.


As I was removing the kitchen,** I was able to adjust the positioning of that post.


I then made a shelf to go above the door.


It’s not a particularly good picture, but here is the completed internal doorway.


The external doorframe was more challenging.


First, I made and fitted a lintel. Daniel gave me a hand by holding the lintel in position.



The left door post was next. It was fairly straightforward. I only needed to cut out a couple of notches where the post overlapped the flash that runs at top of window height and the running board. I shaped the bottom end so that the line flowed into the shape of the bottom edge of the caravan body line.


The right post was much more complicated. In addition to the running board, I had to cut out the shape of the window frame of the bedroom window alongside the door so that it blended in.



Here is the finished article.


What do you think? Good, innit.






*see entry Stable door - lower section, part 1

** see entry A new kitchen, part 1



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