Hardscaping can be considered the bones of the landscape design. Well designed retaining walls, not only provide the property stability, but give the outdoor spaces solid structure and accent the home’s existing architectural style. Long lasting natural stone steps, pathways and boulder walls, used with the contours of the site set the landscape in motion. Creating an outdoor extension of a home with terraced gardens, a bluestone patio, fire pit or outdoor kitchen makes an inviting retreat, whether in the city or on the lakeshore. Hardscape elements provide a back drop or framework for the softening touches that plants provide and surfaces for reflective lighting.