The Porch Box® Story

It All Started With This...Because Sometimes Utility = Ugly

What impression does a plastic cooler give to friends or visitors when they arrive at your front door?

What impression does a plastic cooler give to friends or visitors when they arrive at your front door?

Believe it or not...along the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado there are still several dairies that provide home delivery of milk.  Back when we started getting milk delivered, what the dairy provided for our front porch wasn't my vision of a milk box...Nope, it was a plastic cooler with the name of the dairy printed on a sticker stuck to the front.  

Now that seems logical from a dairy's point-of-view: Insulated. Lightweight. Inexpensive. Quick. But all I could think was: "The first thing people see on my front porch is a plastic cooler, with a bumper sticker?"  This situation was not OK. 

Thus began the quest to create a milk box that was durable, functional and CLASSY.  Something that says "Welcome" no matter who is at your front door.  What I learned along the way was that we lost a lot more than just a milk box when we lost home delivery of milk.

Fatherhood is the Mother of Invention

There's the first Porch-box ever.   With more than 10 years of service, it currently holds all the important dog walking tools, like leashes, Frisbees, bags and tennis balls.

There's the first Porch-box ever.   With more than 10 years of service, it currently holds all the important dog walking tools, like leashes, Frisbees, bags and tennis balls.

The very first Porch Box® was developed on a warm summer afternoon when my wife was out of town, and our 4-year-old daughter and I were looking for something to do while her younger brother was taking a nap.  We wandered into the shop, found several old scraps of wood, and after a few hours of sawing, hammering and nailing, the first ever Porch Box® was born!  

It didn't take very long for for us to realize how useful that Porch Box was.  It held the morning milk delivery.   And it wasn't long before it started holding the ice scraper, a pair of gloves, glass cleaner. Then we added garden tools, sprinklers, dog toys and all kinds of little outdoor things that were constantly misplaced before we had our Porch Box.   

Then came the day when our daughter's friend left her winter jacket at our house.  How do we get this important piece of clothing returned when the friend lived halfway across town, and schedules were impossible to sync?  Simple answer: Leave it in the Porch Box! They can come and grab it whenever they are in the area. 

 

Refine, Rework, Perfect

The earliest Milk Boxes were generally donated to charity for silent auction.  They were always popular; mainly because a solid wooden Milk Box was thought to be a relic of the past.

The earliest Milk Boxes were generally donated to charity for silent auction.  They were always popular; mainly because a solid wooden Milk Box was thought to be a relic of the past.

Dropping off Parcel Boxes at FedEx.  Ten years and a whole lot of boxes since we built the very first box.

Dropping off Parcel Boxes at FedEx.  Ten years and a whole lot of boxes since we built the very first box.

From that day forward I realized just how useful and classy a Porch Box can be.  I spent days and nights in my shop, thinking, building, breaking and rebuilding to perfect the design.  It had to be:

  • Classy enough to be on the front porch
  • Large enough to fit a variety of home deliveries
  • Able to be quickly customized to fit anyone's taste
  • Patentable

What has emerged is all of the above, in today's Porch Box.®