This house in Wisconsin belies its relatively small size, limited budget, and LEED Platinum certification. Built on an infill lot near Lake Michigan, the home is all space and light with floor-to-ceiling glass and a transparent main level permitting see-through views that connect the street side with the water. The architects cleverly carved outdoor spaces to extend the interior, and detailed the exterior with cement panels and color to create interest. The result is “rich in ideas,” said one judge. “It’s doing a lot of things in a little box.”

Entrant/Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee; Builder: Beggi General Contractors, Racine, Wis.; Landscape architect: Milaeger’s Landscape Design, Racine; Interior designer: Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee; Living space: 1,940 square feet; Site: 0.3 acre; Construction cost: $290 per square foot; Photographer: John J. Macaulay.

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Bathroom fittings: Kohler,; Bathroom fixtures: Lacava,, TOTO USA,; Cooktop, dishwasher, oven, and refrigerator: Jenn-Air,; Countertops: Caesarstone,; Exterior siding: CBF,; Flooring: Crossville,, Teragren,; Garage door: Clopay,; Hardware: Schlage,; HVAC equipment: SummerAire,, WaterFurnace,; Kitchen fittings and fixtures: Kohler,; Lighting fixtures: Juno Lighting Group,; Paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore,; Roofing: Johns Manville,; Solar energy system: Sharp,, Uni-Solar,; Windows: Eagle,

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Racine, WI.