House Cleaning Quote for The Glass House- designed by Philip Johnson

Location – New Canaan, Connecticut
Built in – 1949
Square footage – Glass House 1,815 sqft / Painting Gallery 3,778 sqft / Sculpture Gallery 3,650 sqft / Da Monsta 990 sqft
Weekly cleaning quote – $690 (includes The Glass House, the Painting Gallery, the Sculpture Gallery and Da Monsta). 

Claudia & Angelo Zimmermann, owners of Cleaning Studio

Claudia & Angelo Zimmermann, owners of Cleaning Studio

We arrived on Monday 12th at 10:30 am to Ponus Ridge Road, New Canaan for The Glass House Tour, cameras on hand and very excited to get to know one of the most famous houses in the world. The 47-acres property has 13 buildings, from which we had access to 4 of them on the tour: The Glass House, the Painting Gallery, the Sculpture Gallery and Da Monsta. 

Our lovely guide explained us the vision that Philip Johnson had for the design the house, how he received his visitors and toured the property. We are going to work this quote for Philip Johnson, as a weekly customer. Most of the property is landscape, and every building has a place, function and particular architectural style that creates an exciting and impressive experience. Philip Johnson was an iconic architect and influencer (how we called it these days), and The Glass House was the place were many architects and artists met and discussed the future.

His residence, The Glass House, is 55 feet long and 33 feet wide, with 1,815 square feet and located on a promontory overlooking a pond and the woods. It’s a perfect black steel structure with floor-to-ceiling glass panels and no walls, that integrates completely with the surrounding landscape. Philip Johnson lived here from 1949 until his death in 2005. We can say it’s a loft home (open layout) composed by kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, and bathroom. All furniture pieces are in their original place and there’s no decor or accessories other than The Funeral of Phocion by Nicolas Poussin (1648) painting, which is wonderful news for a Cleaning Service. Dusting and wiping all wood, steel and leather surfaces are a quick task. He and his partner David almost didn’t cook, so cleaning the kitchen won’t be a difficult task either. In contrast, the bathroom’s floor and walls are mosaic tiles and since it doesn’t have windows to ventilate, it should be cleaned and scrubbed in every service to prevent mold. The floors are made of red brick laid out in a herringbone pattern, so they need to be thoroughly vacuumed and mopped (the access trail to the house is gravel...dusty shoes!). Since our client is a perfectionist and the house is surrounded by nature, the most challenging part of the cleaning will be washing the floor to ceiling windows, on the inside and outside, as well as detail clean the steel structure on both sides.

the glass house

The next building that we toured is the Painting Gallery, designed in 1965. It’s a semi-underground gallery that blends with the landscape like an entrance to a Greek tomb. There are no windows and it’s composed by an entrance, kitchenette, bathroom and main exhibition room. All floors are terrazzo, so they'll need to be vacuumed and mopped; the entrance walls and the 42 movable panels where the paintings are hanged are all carpet and they’ll need to be vacuumed very carefully. The ceiling has the movable screen tracks embedded, so we’ll need to vacuum or dust them using a ladder, at least once a month to prevent cobwebs. The kitchenette and bathroom floors are mosaic tiles and they will be cleaned bi-weekly. Since the clients host many parties, an After-Party Cleaning will be done after each event. 

painting gallery

Then, following the end of the trail, we arrived at the Sculpture Gallery, designed in 1970 and inspired by the Greek islands and their villages. It’s a multi-level exhibition connected by stairs where you can see all the original art pieces of Philip Johnson’s collection. The floors are made of red brick laid out in a herringbone pattern like The Glass House, and the ceiling is made of a tubular white steel structure with glass panels. The cleaning tasks for this building will be vacuum and mop all floors, dust very carefully the sculptures and clean the glass entrance door. After analyzing the glass roof, we have decided not to include it in the service and let the client hire a specialized window cleaning service for that area.

sculpture gallery

Finally, on our way back to the entrance of the property, we visited Da Monsta. It’s a sculpture one-story building that has no 90 degrees angles or rectilinear shapes. It’s an interesting space with concrete painted floors, 01 window, 01 glass door and 01 bathroom. The cleaning tasks for Da Monsta will be vacuum and mop all floors, dust all ceiling angles with a telescopic duster, clean all glass windows and doors inside-out, and clean the half-bathroom.

da monsta

In conclusion, to perform a successful cleaning service for this property, Cleaning Studio will cover the following aspects: 

  • Having the adequate tools to perform each task, such as telescopic window washers, microfiber pre-wet flat mops and charge buckets, microfiber high-performance towels, high-reach dusters, ladders and our signature Eco-Friendly Aromatherapeutic Cleaning Products.
  • A high-trained team of Professional Cleaners that can take care of all details with an efficient cleaning routine for each space.
  • A Detailed Cleaning Checklist per building.

Weekly Cleaning Quote for Philip Johnson

The Glass House (Weekly)

  • Price: $200
  • Team: 02 Professional Cleaners 
  • Area: 1,815 sqft
  • Time: 4.0- 4.5 work-hours

The Sculpture Gallery (Weekly)

  • Price: $180
  • Team: 02 Professional Cleaners 
  • Area: 3,650 sqft
  • Time: 3.5- 4.0 work-hours

The Painting Gallery (Weekly)

  • Price: $250
  • Team: 02 Professional Cleaners 
  • Area: 3,778 sqft
  • Time: 5.0- 5.5 work-hours

Da Monsta (Weekly)

  • Price: $60
  • Team: 01 Professional Cleaner
  • Area: 990 sqft
  • Time: 1.0- 1.5 work-hours

Total Cost per Week: $690

Original Post Published in Cleanify Magazine on June 14th, 2017.