A custom patio not only extends your living space and increases your home’s value but also lays the foundation for other style elements you can incorporate to create the patio of your dreams. Trendy style elements, such as natural stone pavers, custom freeform pavers, and paver edging allow you to get more from your outdoor living space.

At Outdoor Expressions Landscaping, our professional team has the experience and knowledge in installing and designing custom patios that are durable, low-maintenance, and aesthetically appealing. From classic to modern and patterned to natural, we create custom patios with paver designs throughout East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett, and surrounding areas in Michigan.

1. Natural Stone Pavers

Our landscaper laying down a flagstone patio in East Lansing, MI.

A natural stone paver is a durable material you can use to build your custom patio. These pavers make great design features that come in large geometric shapes like square or rectangle stone. There are many types of stone pavers. The most common ones include:


Bluestone is a popular paving material that comes in various sizes and shapes. It is a durable and slip-resistant material with a distinctive look and texture.

There are two bluestone varieties that you can choose to add to your custom patio: Pennsylvania bluestone (sandstone) and Shenandoah bluestone (limestone). Bluestones may be cut into squares, triangles, or rectangles or randomly cut with irregular shapes, jagged patterns, and asymmetrical layouts.

Bluestones can withstand all kinds of weather and temperature, which makes them ideal for your outdoor patio. With its natural colors and patterns, bluestone can match almost any hardscape on your property.


Flagstone is a natural paving stone which can be cut into regular shapes, broad or flat sections. Good flagstones are dense and smooth. Poor quality flagstones crumble easily.

You can use limestone, slate, and sandstone materials as flagstone pavers. You can also choose to use marble flagstones for your custom patio.


Granite is a type of natural stone for paving that has a rustic look and textured surface. Granites come in various colors because of the mineral balance in the stones that cause their color to change. The colors include black, grey, brown, yellow, silver, green, blue, and more.

Granite is known for its durability and resistance to scratches. Refinishing and coating granite surfaces also provide you the option for custom finishes that will complement the look you plan for your custom patio.

2. Custom Freeform Paver Patio

A freeform patio with a custom fire pit installed by a home in Okemos, MI.

A custom freeform paver patio personalizes your outdoor living space. The freeform element allows you to be creative with its design and shape by incorporating curves and angles that complement your property. In addition to this, freeform designs also allow you to add extra patio space where you want it and keep it smaller where there isn't much room in your yard. Almost any material can be used to create a freeform patio, it just depends on your personal style preferences.

Pick the freeform patio pavers that best suit your landscape by considering what will blend best with your additional hardscapes and what works best with your custom patio shape.

3. Paver Edging

A colorfully paved patio with edging on a property in Haslett, MI.

Paver edging accents your new paver patio. With paver edging, you use paver restraints to keep the pavers in place. Paver restraints serve as a border and support to reduce the chances of pavers moving, shifting, or expanding whenever there is foot traffic.

The paver restraints are structural elements that give your patio a defined shape. You can customize your edging with a solid, lighter, or darker color of pavers to border your custom patio.

Various paver edge restraint materials are available, such as natural stones, concrete, steel, brick, timber, or wood to complement your patio design. Paver edge patterns include curved, rounded, straight, inlaid, and more.

Enhance your custom patio with trendy style elements. Call our patio experts today!

Making additions to custom patios takes careful planning and consideration. At Outdoor Expressions Landscaping, we can help you choose what design elements, materials, and amenities you can use to create your custom patio. Adding these trendy design elements, such as natural stone pavers or paver edging, to your patio can improve your outdoor living experience.

We build custom patios and walkways for residential, commercial, and HOA properties in East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett, and nearby cities in Michigan. Contact our office at (517) 333-7999 to schedule a consultation.