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inside of my door
This is the front turned round, you can see the problem of getting into the porch room. Bottom right is where the wood broke where a hinge should be. The house is nowhere near finished, there are no internal doors yet and the front door hasn't been painted or attached.
Posted by Val Hill on April 27, 2018 Full Size| Slideshow

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13 Comments

Rosemary
3:47 PM on May 4, 2018 
Cutting was possibly the best thing that you could do. Why should Grecons live under such stupid conditions?
Val Hill
4:18 AM on May 4, 2018 
The trouble with trying to make sense of Lines houses is that there is no sense. It could have been the whim of a carpenter, or it could have been a design alteration. I think you are probably right in saying that the houses without electricity are the earlier models. I have kept the piece we cut out of the front, so will put it in an envelope with a written explanation and tape it to the underside of the house.
Rosemary
3:33 AM on May 4, 2018 
I have inspected it closely and I don't think there has been any tampering with. It is a LATER house than yours and the other one so I suspect that the design was modified - but if other owners of this model would post pictures, we might discover what was what.
Val Hill
8:41 AM on May 3, 2018 
There's always the possibility that an ingenious father got fed up with his daughter complaining and got the saw out on yours!
Val Hill
8:38 AM on May 3, 2018 
Too late, we have wielded the saw and cut the opening down! It looks a lot better so no regrets.
Rosemary
4:34 AM on May 3, 2018 
VAL! This original and it is like this on the earlier models of this house. I have now seen another one like this, also without the opening in the roof, so no electricity so must be earlier. The wood of the front is also thinner than on my later model. Heaven knows what they were thinking of when they made the high piece - maybe they were not thinking at all!! But this is the way they came. Do you think so library steps might help the Grecons access this room?
Val Hill
12:05 PM on April 28, 2018 
Well, DH 6 is a possibility, but you would have thought it would have been altered once the door pieces were put together. I did toy with the idea that it was going to be a window and the porch an open sun room
Rosemary
11:24 AM on April 28, 2018 
I can't think what other house it could have been for. I reckon it is a mistake and just look how the top of the balcony room is not cut straight. An apprentice?
Val Hill
3:20 PM on April 27, 2018 
Thanks Zoe, we have discussed how to do it. My main worry is if other areas of the door are fragile, and I know some of the window trims are, wether they would stand up to the sawing trauma.
Zoe H
12:45 PM on April 27, 2018 
Re cutting the opening, I?d use a narrow hacksaw and start on one side of the top edge, going down in a curve (I.e. gradually bringing the blade horizontal by the time it reaches the bottom, an inch or so from the other side), then you can use the floor to guide you along the bottom the rest of the way. Then use the floor again as a guide to cut along along the bottom to the other side. That should give a fairly straight edge along the bottom and it can always be sanded to neaten it. If I?ve confused you with that and you are interested, let me know and I?ll email you a drawing!
Val Hill
11:45 AM on April 27, 2018 
The only explanation for the hight I can think of is that this door was meant for another house. We did think of cutting it down, Kevin was a bit wary, he thought he could make clean cuts down, but might struggle to get a straight edge across the bottom. I haven't ruled it out, that's why it's only painted, not papered. I think I will attach three of the hinges and make a support like Rosemary has.
Zoe H
10:44 AM on April 27, 2018 
It is probably sacralidge to say so but I would HAVE to rectify that opening!

I would also cut off the bottom few inches of that side strip and replace with new wood, glued securely in place. Because it?s the bottom hinge and takes less of the weight it should be fine, especially if you put a wedge one the other side of the base like the one on Rosemary?s (you?ve probably already thought of this but I thought I?d mention it just in case!)
Rosemary
9:53 AM on April 27, 2018 
I really don't understand the height. Do you think the carpenter forgot and just put it in line with the window bottoms? There is just over 1 1/2 inches between the top of the door and the garden room (The step in mine was added by me but I have taken the original measurements.

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