Completely Floored

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Hand-scraped European wood from a Benedictine Abbey in Austria turns a room into a masterpiece.


For a builder who holds himself to a high standard for craftsmanship, good materials are like paint for the canvas. In a mountain home, wood flooring is going to be a broad stroke, a foundation of style on which everything else in the room is built.


That’s only one of the reasons we selected one-of-a-kind White European Ash, imported from a subsidiary of the 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey of Admont in Austria. These wood planks are carefully hand-scraped, hand-distressed and custom finished by craftsman who are actually more like artists. The unique character of each plank becomes just part of the mosaic making each and every room a masterpiece of its own.


Every single plank was carefully sourced and hand-selected by him from the Austrian company STIA, the industrial arm of the Benedictine monastery of Admont, Austria. This monastery was founded in 1074 and has been involved in wood processing ever since. With the motto “Ora et labora” (pray and work), the oldest remaining monastery in Styria, Austria has built up a name for itself in various business areas. To this day, Admont Monastery is engaged in agriculture and forestry, as well as in the woodworking industry, the energy industry, real estate, tourism and social and educational sectors, just as it did originally.


STIA now employs 300 people, has a manufacturing capacity of around 1,400,000 square feet of flooring and 500,000 square 3-layer panels. The monastery as a whole employs approximately 600 people in its forestry, wine-growing, energy, real estate, services, and industrial businesses. Its largest subsidiary is in fact the industrial manufacturer of wooden floorboards.


The Porches is proud to use sustainable products from socially conscious companies. This is only one of the ways we don’t cut corners and invest in quality every step of the way.


For more information on STIA, visit their web site