Former jam factory is home sweet home

Former jam factory is home sweet home

From the outside this St Peters home looks like every other inner city warehouse, but inside is where the real artistic magic begins.

Operating as a jam and chutney packaging company just 10 years ago, the warehouse has been transformed by owners Graham Sachse and Grant Maxwell, creating an open-plan oasis full of unique art from around the world.

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A completely raw prospect when they bought it for $810,000 back in 2009, the pair renovated the upstairs office first before moving in and creating the downstairs area.

“We wanted a place where we could maximise wall space as we needed room for both the art and living,” Mr Sachse said.

“It has become an oasis because once you’re in the open space you have no idea what is going on in the outside world.”

The home at 41 Hutchinson St, which has an auction guide of $2 million, is a modern haven, with pieces of Mr Maxwell’s artwork spread across the walls as well as works collected from Thailand, parts of Africa and the Solomon Islands.

Entering into a home office, it extends through to the main warehouse, with the original exposed beams still noticeable and the addition of skylights allowing for natural light.

It is hard not to notice the quirky artwork spread throughout, including a light fixture made of 1000 chopsticks, two sheep with real wool and a chandelier from Thailand.

Much of the artwork will be returning to Thailand when the pair sell up, as they are looking for a new project and extra space for Mr Maxwell’s studio.

“We realised we have done everything we can and are both at the point where we are young enough for another project,” Mr Sachse said.

“We really like this area and there is a lot of urbanisation going on which will be great when it’s all finished.”

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Listing agent Duncan Grant of BresicWhitney Estate Agents in Glebe said all warehouse conversions had a point of difference which made them popular.

“This one is a bit rarer as it has separate access upstairs which can be rented out privately, or you can live upstairs and use downstairs as a business,” he said.

“While nothing in this market is sheltered, warehouses are unique spaces and they attract certain buyers looking for that particular use.”


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