Located on the shores of Pigeon Lake in the heart of the friendly Kawarthas
Claire de lune Bed & Breakfast &
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Being green at
Claire de lune…

Reducing our
Carbon Foot Print

We have had the rare opportunity to build a bed and breakfast from the start. When we developed the lake shore lot we had the lot zoned for a small business which includes a Bed and Breakfast. Our set back from the lake is 70 feet rather than the norm of 50 feet for a home or cottage. 

Louise Jacques, French Canadian architect reviewed our preliminary diagrams. Louise was excited at the unique opportunity to build a luxurious bed and breakfast from the ground up. We first took many pictures of our property and gave Louise a surveyed lot plan with the north/south coordinates. Louise visited our future building site with her husband Jim, also an architect. They took notice of all the natural features that should be preserved. Louise then studied our plans combining her experience of public space design, the need to ensure effective people flow and privacy of the guests of Claire de lune and its hosts. Louise made it her ultimate goal to present us with the best overall structure.
The roads and building site were first cleared and the logs were set aside to be sawed for flooring and furniture. 
One of Rod’s hobby is his sawmill business specializing in custom sawing of softwoods and hardwoods for decks, docks, flooring and fine furniture. Our slabs and sawdust are waste products which result from turning logs into a number of useable products. We are choosing to heat with an outdoor furnace to burn our waste products hence contributing to the complete package of reducing our carbon foot print. The outdoor furnace heats the entire Bed and Breakfast operation, our personal living quarters and Rod’s workshop. Furthermore, the outdoor furnace heats all the domestic hot water including the outdoor shower. Burning wood in our outdoor furnace reduces our carbon foot print to zero. 
The roof structure is positioned for future installation of solar heating when the outdoor furnace will no longer be required to burn slabs and sawdust.
The building is an insulated concrete foam (ICF) construction. ICF is the new way to build homes and commercial buildings. These “Lego” looking blocks are put together with rebar steel rods with

rebar steel rods with cement poured into the interior of the blocks. The wall has 2 inches of insulating foam on the outside, 6 inches of local concrete on the interior and 2 inches of foam on the inside resulting in a 12-inch wall with an insulation factor of R50. 
Argon E windows and blown in roof insulation in the trusses completed the envelope of the structure.

Being green at Claire de lune…

Most of the interior studding, flooring and wall coverings were logged off our property (or locally purchased when required to meet various building codes). We used our saw mill and a wood fired kiln to process the lumber into products that you will see in our rooms. Painting and interior finishes have all been chosen for their environmentally friendly composition.
Our beds offer the latest Koosh© hybrid natural latex technology and as a result are hypo-allergenic. Our mattresses are very comfortable because they are made with the best available eco-friendly ingredients. They are green and clean - free of CFCs and PBDEs (dangerous petro-chemicals) that are linked to off-gassing and numerous health problems. Our beds are made with all natural Latex Rubber, Bamboo Covers and the newest Koosh® Natural high resiliency foam that is made with renewable soy bean oil. All of our mattresses, pillows and bed frames are made in Canada! Come and try them out. You will love them and so will your back!
We strive to continue making it our priority. Our next step and ultimately our future goal will be to generate wind or sun electricity to completely be off the grid… that being a couple of years away… look out Hydro One!!!

A bientôt!
Claire and Rod

OPEN ALL YEAR at Pigeon Lake in the friendly Kawarthas, Ontario, Canada.
Telephone: 705:657.8995 claire@clairedelune.ca
GPS Coordinates: 44.525333, -78.483195