Jaeger Lumber

Around Town
Big Game Day Party at the Tiki Bar at Driftwood
5th Annual Cardboard Box City Raises More Than $14,000
Bright Lights & Holiday Magic
Ask The Experts
Ask The Expert - Dearborn Market
Ask The Expert - Staci J. Greenwald, Esq.
Ask the Experts: Vincent J Puma
Bay Wellness
Bay Wellness - Physician Focus: Steven R. Berkman
Bay Wellness - How Can An Ultrasound Help?
Bay Wellness - Don't Forget
Best Bets
Best Bet - Devine Creations Design Center
Best Bet - Avanti Day Resort
Best Bet - White Sands Oceanfront Resort and Spa
Black Book
Cover Story
Woman on a Mission, Senator Ellen Karcher: Wife, Mother and Senator of NJ
Max Ehrich - Pursuing His Passion
No Horsing Around
Daytripper
Daytripper: Popcorn Park Zoo
Day Tripper - Lambert Castle Museum
DayTripper: Manasquan Reservoir
Eats
Eats: Mumford's Culinary Center
Eat Beat - Osteria Cucina Rustica
Eats: The Colts Neck Inn
Etc
Etc - Aspirin...please.
Etc - Turkey Day
Etc - Walking through Monmouth County
Fall Guide
Fall Guide - Museums
Fall Guide 2014 - Performing Arts
Fall Guide - Kids Enrichment
Featured Artist
Featured Artist - Sangita Phadke
Featured Artist - Nate Chadwick
Featured Artist - Leah Passafiume
Gift Guide
Gift Guide - Seasonal World
Gift Guide - Colts Neck Manor House
Best Bet - Staten Island Fencing Center
Health Talk
Dr. Peggy Avagliano Honored
Health Talk - The Center for Bariatrics
Health Talk - Asaad H. Samra, MD, FACS - Samra Plastic Surgery
Health, Wellness & Beauty
Health - Marlboro Village Pharmacy
HWB 2014 - Abraham Biegeleisen, D.D.S, P.C.
Health - Premier Pain Centers
Holiday Buzz 2014
Dining Out For The Holidays
Bright Lights & Holiday Magic
Best Bet - David Burke’s Fromagerie
Homes
West Meets East - Namazi
Completely Custom - The Campillays
A Grand Home for Living - Harris
Letter
Letter to Colts Neck: Falling Into Good Times
Spring has Sprung!
Warm Winter Wishes
Living in Colts Neck
All The Pretty Horses
Muriel Rogers - Local Artist
Writing a Legacy with Superintendent Dick Fitzpatrick
Newsletter Articles
Letting In The Light
The Home - Seaside Materials
Health - Inferno Training
Our Picks
Our Pick - Voyagers' Community School
Our Pick - Atlantic Medical Imaging
Our Pick - Joe Leone’s
People On The Move
People On The Move - Julie Richards
People On The Move - Nick Blanchard
People On The Move - Jeff Grabosky
Summer Guide
Weigh In - What Annoys You Most About The Beach?
Summer Fun - Summer 2014
Dish - Summer Guide 2014
The Bay
The Bay - National Stroke Awareness Month
The Bay - $1 Million Emergency Department Expansion Opens
The Bay - Could I Have Diabetes and Not Even Know it?
The Guide
The Guide 2014 - Brielle Cyclery
The Guide 2014 - Vik's Fine Jewelry
The Guide 2014 - EXIT Realty East Coast
The Home Guide
The Home Guide - AW Eurostile
The Home Guide - Colts Neck Manor House
The Home Spotlight - Select Technology Group
Weigh In
Weigh In - Which of Your 5 Senses Could You NOT Live Without?
Weigh In - Role Models
Weigh In - What's Your Pet Peeve?

Full Circle - The Gamzas
10/31/2010 - By A.J. Perna

Full Circle - The Gamzas

Photography by AK Photo / Al Kruper


Marlboro Natives Make Their Way Back Home


Not all that long ago, Jon and Debra Gamza were high school sweethearts roaming the halls of Marlboro High. As it is with just about  everyone though, life moves on after graduation – and Jon and Deb's lives were no exception. The years brought college, marriage, a move  to the big city, a son and a daughter. In fact, other than visiting family, their old stomping grounds in northern Monmouth County were not  much more than pleasant memories. But, of course, having a family changes things. After a stint in West Orange, the Gamzas eventually  started longing for home – and the search was on.

In 1999, John and Deb found a brand new neighborhood, under construction, in the Morganville section of their old hometown. Getting in  on the ground floor, they were able to choose a nice piece of property and, taking their needs, tastes and lifestyle into account,  completely customize the plans of their favorite model of the homes available in the new development. They were thrilled with the plans for  their stately 4,300 square-foot, five bedroom, three full and two half bath center-hall colonial that would sit back on more than an acre of  land. Best of all, they would be able to raise their children near family, just a stone's throw from where they had grown up.

Before ever moving in to their new home in 2000, Deb began working with a professional interior designer to establish the overall look and  feel of the home – but, after completing the designs for only two rooms, the designer became unexpectedly unavailable. During the  process, Deb began to realize that she had a knack for designing; and instead of hiring a new consultant, decided to tackle the remainder  of the home herself, enlisting the help of a different friend or family member for each room. Interestingly, as a result of this plan, every  room in the Gamza home has an individual and distinct “feel.” However, with Deb and her taste for traditional design at the helm, the  entire interior design scheme still remains cohesive.

All in all, the work that has gone into making the Gamza home what it is has been a community effort and a family affair – and  that  seems fitting for a new home in the old community, among friends and family.




A curved driveway splits the immaculately manicured front landscaping and leads friends and family past the light brick facade to the large, double  doors with iron, scroll-work window insets.

Large trees and hedges create a fence around the entire pool area, separating it from the neighbors as well as the rest of the extensively  landscaped, multi-level backyard.

 

 

In the sunken family room, an enormous mirror hangs above the wood-burning fireplace with stone surround and is flanked by two towering picture  windows. Deep, rich, mahogany floors, oversized seating and a massive custom-built entertainment center complete Deb's desired  California traditional feel for this room.


 

 

 

Originally intended as a formal living room, the Gamza's opted instead to bring in a pool table. There's no reason that the fun has to end in the  backyard!


 



Granite counters top the center island and distressed maple cabinets in the spacious, open kitchen. The double wall ovens, gas stove,  dishwasher and refrigerator are all stainless steel Jenn-Air® appliances.

 

Jon's home office is distinctly masculine, with a sturdy oak desk, built-in shelves, navy blue carpet and fox-hunt inspired wall paper.

 



The large, white breakfront and hutch sits in dramatic contrast to the dining room table and its thick, richly upholstered chairs.




 

 

 

 

 

The master suite has been completely remodeled in the past few years to give it a more modern feel. Earth tones and a deep tray ceiling with  decorative moldings in the sleeping area keep things warm, while black and beige, toile wallpaper and a hip, black chandelier liven up the master  bath. The amber hues of the tumbled, marble tiles of the walk-in shower and deep soaking tub are also echoed in the wallpaper.






















Upon arriving home after sleep-away camp this past summer, Jon and Deb's daughter discovered an updated bedroom waiting for her. A cool  middle-school girl's dream in hot pink and black.




In the basement, what was once an arts and crafts area is now a fashion design studio, thanks to the Gamza's daughter's love of the television show, “Project Runway.”


 

The chandelier hanging over the vanity in the kid's shared bathroom was recently purchased in an open-air market in Istanbul while the family  vacationed in Turkey.



















 

 

 




Advertisers

Grand Designs Doors, Inc.Eagle Oaks




Powered by eDirectory™