First Why, Then How

Threshold Builders combines vision, craftsmanship, technical acumen and project management wizardry to help our clients create breathtakingly beautiful and fantastically energy efficient living spaces.

As the Hudson Valley's passive house builder, we practice asking ‘why’ a lot more and crafting answers with purpose.  In the structures we build, everything has a purpose.  Every piece is there for a reason.  We find that when we approach the design/build process with the philosophy of first asking ‘why’ before we create the ‘what’, we end with much smarter buildings.  Buildings that consume 90% less energy than standard built structures.  Spaces that inspire us to be visionary.  Homes that make us feel connected and alive.


First How, Then What

Without integrity, nothing works. In building and in life. We view design and building as two integrated parts of the same process. On all of our project, we take a team approach to the process: Client + Design Team Members + Build Team Members. Below are the two most common ways that team is assembled on our projects

Full Design Build: Threshold + Client
The design/build process is about simplicity and it is about integrity. At its fundamentals, the process is a partnership. You and us. The approach is direct, two parties working in collaboration, fully responsible for the outcome. Although many other key contributors are involved along the way, this central relationship provides clarity and integrity to the complex process of crafting homes. On many of the projects we work on, Threshold Builders serves as both the design firm and builder. Our experience has been that this approach streamlines the process, and creates a brilliant final product.

Outside Architect: Architect + Threshold + Client
Collaboration is fundamental to how we approach work, so we love working with innovative architects to create visionary buildings. On architect designed projects, we still contribute during the design phase, with different levels of Pre-Construction Services. Depending on the project, this can include WUFI Passive hydro-thermal modeling/analysis; thermal envelope, building systems and water detailing design input, high level or detailed construction estimates, and value engineering.

Whatever your approach, we love designing and building beautiful, ultra-energy efficient dwellings. Our experience is that the sooner a client or architect involves us in the conversation, the smoother and more cost effective the process is, and the better the final built outcome.

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The Art of Possibility



Whether you are starting with a piece of undeveloped land, or you want to transform the home you’ve been living in for half a lifetime, we bring a framework, expertise and inspiration that can help you create the home you’ve always dreamed of.



Full services general contracting, with a ultra-high attention to detail. Find out what it’s like to have your job run by people who actually know how to manage a budget, schedule, and do what they say they will. So simple - yet so important.

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Passive House Consulting

Building siting, ultra-high performance design, material or assembly selection, hydro-thermal modeling + analysis. We are constantly experimenting, pushing ourselves to invent and improve how we build. And we are happy to share

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Name: Threshold Builders
Phone: 845-663-1182
Address: 92 Clinton Ave Kingston NY 12401