Much of the home’s character lies in the garden, located just off the breezeway that connects the main living area to the Agostas’ office and guest room. (Architect John Patkau insisted that if the couple were going to have a home office, they’d have to “go out of the house to get to work.”) The garden is a constant source of pleasure for Karin, who treats it as a place to play rather than working toward a finished composition. Gloriosa daisies and salvias add bursts of color to plots of lavender and herbs. She also grows lettuce, leeks, potatoes, and peas-all without pesticides. To gain knowledge of local growing conditions, Karin went through Washington State University Extension’s Master Gardener program.
A deer fence extends the home’s sloping walls to encapsulate the garden. The fence was a must. “The deer do a circuit through the neighborhood,” Karin says. Not only does the fence keep deer out, it also keeps the garden in. “We didn’t want the manmade landscape to compete with the garden-or creep into it,” the architect says.
House and setting beautifully integrated