Either the wood is swelling from being wet(no good), or there is frost heave taking place. Keeping water from penetrating around the door should stop both. Is there a basement or crawl space under/at the doorway?? I wonder what kind of wood is under the threshold, and the condition. Sounds something needs to be replaced.
You have a several options. Almost any window company should be able to offer you a tinted window. The glass is dark, like sunglasses. You�ll still get some light, but nowhere near as much. This glass is tinted during manufacturing, so it shouldn�t have the same problems as a window film. You could also choose a replacement window with privacy glass or decorative glass pattern. This will block some of the light, too, and you might find a nice pattern that matches your kitchen. The newest innovation for windows is energy efficient solar control glass that blocks the glare, heat, and damaging UV rays from getting through. They let in more light than standard tinted windows, but they make it much less harsh. Andersen SmartSun is one brand, and some other companies are offering them, too. Here are a few examples of privacy and tinted NO ADVERTISING!
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