It's hard to tell which is more impressive -- the view on the inside or the one outside.
The spacious home on the hills overlooking the Yellowstone River south of Laurel capitalizes on great views. Five patios invite guests outside to take in the scenery, but the inside is a work of art in itself.
The home has more than 6,200 square feet, meaning virtually no room gets cut short or squeezed. The house at 2425 Clarks Point has all concrete floors that are polished to a glimmer. The floors also have different glass flecks incorporated into the concrete, including a deep blue indigo which help tie in a consistently dazzling blue theme throughout the house. Though the lines and materials of the house are modern with a touch of industrial, the blues and the dark rich woods throughout give it an inviting warmth not always seen in those styles.
Entering through the front door, a guest is both pulled into and a bit awed by the great room of the home. A giant fireplace with large wood mantle beams and floating shelves, and a large wooden-bladed fan make this room a natural gathering place. Just beyond the room, large glass doors open onto the largest patio with sweeping views of the river.
The patio can also be used as a covered gathering space for entertaining as well as part of the great room. It's set up with built-in cabinetry, a counter space for serving and grill. Water features and gathering areas mean guests will be as comfortable indoors as outside.
The kitchen is equally spectacular with Cambria countertops and plenty of cabinetry for storage. A side pantry is close, but out of the way. The kitchen features a roll-top appliance nook. Tana Ban of Ban Construction said that the homeowner loves to cook and use kitchen appliances and didn't want to struggle getting them in and out of the pantry. However, she also didn't want the kitchen counters to be cluttered with mixers and blenders. The rolltop feature allows for convenient storage that can be out-of-site but always near.
The kitchen also features a custom-built monkeypod wood table built into the kitchen island that will easily double as a gathering table for small family functions. To its side, a larger dining area with room for a larger table allows the entertaining to expand. A wine and beverage center is also a unique feature with a built in wine cooler and smaller beverage bar with wine racks. Wolf appliances, including a six-burner gas range, refrigerator, warming drawer and microwave make this the envy of any chef.
On the second floor above the great room, an entertainment room with a walk-out deck is perfect for guests. The room is enclosed by an iron and cable railing and guests go upstairs on a custom floating staircase made from reclaimed fir. The wet bar in the entertainment room features concrete countertops, custom wooden shelving and LED lighting.
The master bedroom suite is just that, a full suite that features an impressive bathroom, exercise room, walk-in closet and private deck and patio with a hot tub.
In addition to the private deck with a separate entrance from the master bedroom, it also has a smaller patio, perfect for taking in spectacular sunrises.
Exercise equipment will always be out of view in the suite's private workout room.
The bathroom features a double vanity with make-up counter. It also has a walk-in tiled shower with three different shower options. The rich blue tile and consistent blue theme throughout has a calming effect. A soaking tub has plenty of light fed by six rectangular windows with privacy glass.
And if a walk-in closet could be a work of art, the home on Clarks Point may be that example. The expansive closet has built-in cabinetry, with an island in the middle with drawers on both sides.
The home has three large bedroom suites, each with its own private bathroom. One of the bedroom suites has its own private patio.
The house also features an office/den space that has an interior transom window with French doors nearby the kitchen. One of the unique features of this room is hidden -- a closet that features a wrapping-paper station. Rolls of gift wrap can be placed on the custom-built racks for easy present wrapping.
The four-car garage has double depth on several of the bays so that as many as six cars could all come into the garage, or allow for plenty of storage.
A large laundry room with cabinetry, a sink and built-in bench means none of the clutter and mess comes into the rest of the house, while an extra-large pantry allows the storage of household goods and cleaning supplies.
"The views are just amazing in this house. We've been working here and we sometimes have to stop and say, 'Just look at this,'" Ban said.
— Darrell Ehrlick