Every deck with a set of stairs needs a landing at ground level. Now, that can be plain-Jane concrete, pavers, or flagstone. I've always been partial to flagstone. Not only does it look more elegant than concrete, it's less work. Even cutting it to fit is no big deal. Below is a link to a video on the basics of cutting flags.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA1Lt...eature=related