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Value Added For Your Home: Don Ross of Tucson, Arizona is an Artist In Steel

Don Ross of Tucson's DESIGNS IN STEEL

Steel, mesquite and saguaro ribs create a larger-than-life set of arched entrance doors.Don Ross is the owner of Designs In Steel, a Tucson company that designs, fabricates, and installs some of the coolest functional art you've ever seen.

Quiet, unassuming, and tremendously competent, he's just the kind of person you want to hire to create a blend of beauty and functionality for your home. 

REALTORS are often asked what improvements add value to a home, and then the followup question:  "What improvements will bring a return on my investment?"  Don's creations are the answer to that second question.

Look at the double arched doors to the right.  Created from native mesquite, Saguaro ribs, and steel, they are a thing of beauty in their own right.  Set into an exterior courtyard wall, I have no doubt they will inspire comments from passers by.  They "say" something exceptional about the home.

This Monday, Don will be installing custom railings for a local Tucson artist at her home.  The design is a collaboration between Don and his client.  He's invited me to come take pictures of the installation. 

I'll share them with you if you don't tell any one.  Be sure to stop back.


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Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
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Comment balloon 14 commentsMike Jones • October 08 2009 10:28PM


FABULOUS! MAN I LOVE those doors!

I have a huge admiration for people who can create such beauty. Little envy to go with too! :)

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 11 years ago


Thanks for being the first to comment.  I couldn't agree more!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Promise I won't tell anyone! Those doors are spectacular..to be enjoyed by all who come and go.

Thanks for sharing and I will be back!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 11 years ago


I'll be looking for you!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Those arched doors are so unique!  Who would have thought of using mesquite with saguaro ribs, only a true artisan!

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) over 11 years ago


That he is!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago


I'm just checking in. You know how I feel about when we say nice things about others.


"Art is in the eye of the beholder.

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

Leave 'em wanting more...but then you knew that. Local artisans are like good karma for their town, or city. Beautiful work, brilliant use of native materials. Really looking forward to the photos to come.

Posted by Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR (BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles) over 11 years ago

Not a word about it to anyone!  The doors are beautiful.  Does he do the woodwork as well? 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 11 years ago

He does beautiful work, Mike.  A true artisan.

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORSĀ®) over 11 years ago

Wonderful! I am looking forward to seeing more on Monday.

Posted by Deanne Olivas, Your Home Matters (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

OK Mike ....I'm extremely envious! How do you meet all of these cool people? Do you travel in artsy circles?? You have done some write ups on some of the most interesting folks!

PS(belated Happy Birthday)

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Interesting works of art ~ see ya Monday

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 11 years ago


See ya!


Thanks for the birthday wishes; the thing I love about lending is the wonderful people I meet!


See ya!


That he does!


He did the woodwork in the doors, but that's the limit.


We'll look for you Monday.


I meet the most interesting people...  People like you.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

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