Trendsetting And Forerunning Your Industry With Marnie Oursler

Trendsetting And Forerunning Your Industry With Marnie Oursler

April 25, 2017

Today’s guest spends her time building luxury homes and is also an Entrepreneur and CEO of Marnie Custom Homes. Her company is based in Bethany Beach, Delaware and specializes in building beach homes which are all built using locally sourced materials and are Ultra sustainable.

Marnie Oursler is a trendsetter and forerunner in her industry and has broken the records and rules each year. Our guest has an incredible sense of design, unmatched... Read More
Bethany Beach Woman Builds On Family Legacy Of Builders

Bethany Beach Woman Builds On Family Legacy Of Builders

April 23, 2017

BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - From picking up garbage at homes created by her father to her own series on the DIY Network, Marnie Oursler’s story weaves together a family legacy of builders.

“It’s all just been so incredible,” Oursler said. “I think, right now, my career is heading in a way that I always saw it going, but the show is something I never saw coming.”

Now in its first season on the DIY Network, “Big Beach Builds” focuses on... Read More
Bethany’s Marnie Oursler Launches Charity Website

Bethany’s Marnie Oursler Launches Charity Website

April 20, 2017

Bethany Beach homebuilder Marnie Oursler recently announced the launch of Sawdust & Salt Co., an online shop where 100 percent of profits are donated to charity.

Oursler said she opened the online store because she and her crew have been wearing Marnie Custom Homes T-shirts, and people started asking where they can get them.

“I’ve always wanted to have a charitable component to my work, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so,” she... Read More
Marnie Oursler Builds On Family Legacy Of Builders

Marnie Oursler Builds On Family Legacy Of Builders

April 17, 2017

From picking up garbage at homes created by her father to her own series on the DIY Network, Marnie Oursler's story weaves together a family legacy of builders.

"It's all just been so incredible," Oursler said. "I think, right now, my career is heading in a way that I always saw it going, but the show is something I never saw coming."

Now in its first season on the DIY Network, "Big Beach Builds" focuses on Oursler's renovation business... Read More
Upgrading Your Beach House This Summer

Upgrading Your Beach House This Summer

April 10, 2017

DIY network star of Big Beach Builds, Marnie Oursler chats with Chris about how you can update and revitalize your beach home. Read More
Marnie Oursler Launches Sawdust & Salt Co.Online Shop; 100% Of Profits Donated To Charity

Marnie Oursler Launches Sawdust & Salt Co.Online Shop; 100% Of Profits Donated To Charity

April 3, 2017

Bethany Beach, DE – Marnie Oursler, Founder and President of Marnie Custom Homes and star of beach home renovation show Big Beach Builds on DIY Network, is pleased to announce the launch of Sawdust & Salt Co., an online shop where 100% of profits are donated to charity. Oursler’s shop is dedicated to her maternal grandfather “Pop-Pop” - a World War II Captain, master carpenter, and the man who taught her father how to build. Upon checkout from.. Read More
Bethany Beach Homebuilder To Debut DIY Network TV Show

Bethany Beach Homebuilder To Debut DIY Network TV Show

March 16, 2017

Bethany Beach homebuilder Marnie Oursler makes being a woman in a male-dominated industry work to her advantage.

"If I'm building a house for a husband and wife, I connect with both. Naturally, the women feel comfortable asking me questions. With the men, there's a stereotype that they're supposed to know about cars and houses, and most people don't know about either one. We're a team - you tell me what you want and we'll figure it out," she... Read More
A builder who's been in the field for 14 years says the smartest choice you can make building a home has nothing to do with money or location

A builder who's been in the field for 14 years says the smartest choice you can make building a home has nothing to do with money or location

March 15, 2017

If you're planning — or considering — building a home, you're probably asking yourself two questions: "Where?" and "How much?"

But Marnie Oursler, star of "Big Beach Builds," says the most important question you should ask is: with whom?

Oursler, the founder of Marnie Homes, a custom building company in Bethany Beach, Delaware, says the builder you choose to work with will make all the difference... Read More
The D.I.Y. Network comes to Delaware beaches with new show 'Big Beach Builds'

The D.I.Y. Network comes to Delaware beaches with new show 'Big Beach Builds'

March 13, 2017

With her out-of-the-box thinking and construction background, Marnie Oursler now has her own show on the D.I.Y. Network called Big Beach Builds.

This show takes viewers along the shores of Bethany Beach, Delaware, where Marnie and her team turn outdated Delaware beach houses into dream homes.

When Oursler was younger, she would spend her summers on the construction sights with her family. Now, she continues the family heritage with her own... Read More
Northern High grad to star on DIY Network show

Northern High grad to star on DIY Network show

March 8, 2017

One of Calvert County’s own is DIY Network’s newest star. Marnie Oursler will be the host of the upcoming “Big Beach Builds” show premiering March 20 at 9 p.m.

Oursler’s family moved to Calvert County when she was in elementary school. She graduated from Northern High School, where she played softball. She attended East Carolina University on a softball scholarship... Read More
Building a dream by the ocean

Building a dream by the ocean

March 8, 2017

Hollywood, MD - For generations, the men in Marnie Oursler’s family have been builders. Oursler grew up in Prince George’s County and lived briefly in Northern Virginia before her family moved to Calvert County. The 1996 Northern High School graduate had plenty to keep herself occupied. “I played a lot of sports,” she recalled. The family trade also kept her busy, as she worked at various construction sites with her uncles and brother, Chris.. Read More
It's All in the Details: 5 Ways to Bring Coastal Style to Your Home Year-Round

It's All in the Details: 5 Ways to Bring Coastal Style to Your Home Year-Round

February 28, 2017

Marnie Oursler, host of DIY Network’s new series, Big Beach Builds, constructs and decorates custom homes for clients along the Delaware coastline. Inspired by childhood summers at the beach, Marnie incorporates the same "relaxed" coastal style she prefers into her clients' properties... Read More
Marnie Oursler Built One of the First All-American Homes; Here’s What She Learned

Marnie Oursler Built One of the First All-American Homes; Here’s What She Learned

February 13, 2017

Nearly 60 percent of everything Americans buy comes from overseas, including what’s in our homes. Though purchasing home products and materials overseas may be cheaper up front, it comes with risk and can be costlier in the long run... Read More
Marnie Oursler Delivers Keynote Address At Women In Business Downstate Luncheon

Marnie Oursler Delivers Keynote Address At Women In Business Downstate Luncheon

December 1, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016
BRIDGEVILLE, DE – Marnie Oursler, President of Marnie Custom Homes, delivered the keynote address at The Women in Business Downstate Luncheon, hosted by Delaware Today Magazine and the Delaware Business Times. The event was attended by nearly 200 businesswomen from Delaware, and recognized the accomplishments of the businesswomen profiled in Delaware Today‘s Women in Business editorial feature from its December issue... Read More
Bethany Beach Builder Marnie Oursler Joins Board Of Advisors For The Center Of Entrepreneurship And Innovation At Duke University’s Fuqua School Of Business

Bethany Beach Builder Marnie Oursler Joins Board Of Advisors For The Center Of Entrepreneurship And Innovation At Duke University’s Fuqua School Of Business

August 18, 2016

BETHANY BEACH, DE – Award-winning Bethany Beach builder Marnie Oursler has been named a member of the Board of Advisors for The Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. The center conducts world-class research on entrepreneurship and seeks to advance the scholarship, teaching, and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation. Read More
Marnie Named The Coolest Woman in Delaware

Marnie Named The Coolest Woman in Delaware

August 12, 2016

We’ll start with a disclaimer: There are just waaaay too many awesome women in this country. So we had to pare it down to one per state. From small but important accomplishments (like being the only lady on her high-school football team) to mind-blowing achievements (like, um, living in space), here are the coolest women in every single state (plus Washington D.C.)... Read More
Marnie Homes Named One of 13

Marnie Homes Named One of 13 "Cool Companies" In Delaware

July 20, 2016

Delaware is a place where everybody knows everybody. Or do we? Cool new companies are sprouting up all over the state, and some stalwart companies are reinventing themselves.

Let us introduce you to 13 of them:

Marnie Homes

Employees in Delaware: 3, plus contractors

Marnie Homes of Bethany Beach, soon to star in its own DIY Network series, is a woman-owned construction company that specializes in custom homes that use... Read More
How This Home Builder Survived the Recession and Landed a TV Show

How This Home Builder Survived the Recession and Landed a TV Show

June 2, 2016

Marnie Oursler’s steely work ethic and bubbly personality helped.
It sounds like the punchline to a twisted joke. But in July 2007, at the precipice of the subprime mortgage crisis that would send the entire U.S. financial system into a tailspin, Marnie Oursler started a home-building business. Read More
How rooftop decks are becoming the must-have amenity for 2016

How rooftop decks are becoming the must-have amenity for 2016

May 14, 2016

When Conrad Lifsey and his partner, Derek Loftin, who own a luxury RV rental company in Palm Springs, bought a house 2015 in a property development called Sol, what sealed the deal for them wasn’t inside, but up on the roof. “No other property in Palm Springs had a rooftop deck and it really set things apart,” said Lifsey, 52. “It’s a place we like to go at sunrise for yoga and sunset for cocktails,” he said. Read More
DIY Network to air 'Big Beach Builds' series

DIY Network to air 'Big Beach Builds' series

March 31, 2016

SALISBURY, Md. — When Bethany Beach builder Marnie Oursler's television pilot, Big Beach Builds, aired on HGTV in February, she was unsure what was next.

She was hopeful a network would decide to turn the single episode into a series.

That's what has happened. Read More
Bethany builder hosts HGTV pilot

Bethany builder hosts HGTV pilot

February 5, 2016

Bethany Beach-based custom home builder Marnie Oursler will be bringing national attention to coastal Delaware when HGTV premieres the pilot episode of her new show, Big Beach Builds, Friday Feb. 5.

"One episode will take you from how the beach house looks in the beginning to the end, which is the big reveal," Oursler said. "It’s a neat transformation." Read More
HGTV Female Entrepreneur Marnie Oursler

HGTV Female Entrepreneur Marnie Oursler

February 5, 2016

If you’re a female entrepreneur in today’s world, you know it’s an uphill battle. Being underestimated and overlooked is part of the game, and sometimes all you have is your own determination to bank on. I’ve been there. I’m a female entrepreneur in the male-dominated building and construction industry. Read More
Bethany Beach Renovator Lands HGTV Show

Bethany Beach Renovator Lands HGTV Show

February 5, 2016

Bethany home renovator Marnie Oursler is normally figuring out the best way to construct households. With the debut of her new HGTV series, “Big Beach Builds,” she will now also try to entertain them. Read More
Adding a touch of summer decor to your home

Adding a touch of summer decor to your home

February 3, 2016

Winter can sometimes be a drag, from the shorter days to the darker nights. But, Marnie Oursler, president of Marnie Custom Homes and star of HGTV's "Big Beach Build," showed us how we can brighten up our indoors by adding a touch of summer to our homes. Read More
An HGTV star explains the one renovation mistake that could cost you a fortune

An HGTV star explains the one renovation mistake that could cost you a fortune

February 2, 2016

The most expensive mistake you can make when renovating your home — or building a new one — is a choice, says HGTV star Marnie Oursler of "Big Beach Builds."

"If you decide you want something and then change your mind, that's where it gets expensive," explains the founder of Marnie Homes, a custom building company in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Read More
DC Native Gets Her Own TV Show

DC Native Gets Her Own TV Show

February 2, 2016

Growing up in and around DC with parents who were both builders, Marnie Oursler had no intention of following in their footsteps. But when she moved to Bethany after college and could only afford to buy a house which needed to be renovated, she discovered how much she enjoyed working on it. “It was interesting how much of it came so naturally to me, from growing up in the industry,” she says. “Once I started doing it for myself, it was a totally Read More
“Big Beach Builds,” Reality Television on the Delaware Coast

“Big Beach Builds,” Reality Television on the Delaware Coast

February 2, 2016

Delaware is once again getting its fifteen minutes of fame. Bethany Beach, Delaware has recently been in the limelight after the development of a new reality television show. “Big Beach Builds,” premiers this Friday (February 5th) at noon on HGTV. Joining us today is owner of Marnie Custom Homes, Marnie Ousler, who stars in the show. Read More
Audio: Bethany Beach Builder Lands Network TV Show

Audio: Bethany Beach Builder Lands Network TV Show

February 1, 2016

A Bethany Beach builder lands her own television series.

Marnie Oursler owns Marnie Custom Homes, and will star in the pilot episode of the new series: Read More
Bethany builder to star in HGTV show 'Big Beach Builds'

Bethany builder to star in HGTV show 'Big Beach Builds'

January 28, 2016

When Marnie Oursler started building resort homes in the Bethany Beach area, she never thought she'd have her own television series because of it.

But now it's a possibility.

Oursler, owner of Marnie Custom Homes, stars in a pilot episode of a new series called “Big Beach Builds,” airing on HGTV at noon Friday, Feb. 5. Read More
How one woman went from making $11 an hour to building a business that earns nearly $7 million a year

How one woman went from making $11 an hour to building a business that earns nearly $7 million a year

September 21, 2015

In 2003, when Marnie Oursler was 24 years old, she bought her first house.

The home, in Bethany Beach, Delaware, where her family had vacationed when she was a child, was a $240,000 fixer-upper that cost her the $18,000 she'd saved over the past few years working for a realtor after graduating from college [...] Read More
One of the first All-American homes is in Bethany

One of the first All-American homes is in Bethany

July 21, 2015

About 60 percent of everything Americans buy comes from overseas. Marnie Oursler, from Marnie Homes, believes all-American-made is the key, when it comes to home building [...] Read More
Cozy Bethany Beach House Inspiring Relaxation: The Lookout

Cozy Bethany Beach House Inspiring Relaxation: The Lookout

July 6, 2015

Do you want to see how a builder’s home looks like? Here is Marnie Oursler’s former home, the Lookout, a beautiful white and blue Bethany Beach house. Customized to her own needs and desires, the Lookout is a modern beach home in a wonderful location: Bethany Beach, Delaware.

Marnie had her whole life been surrounded by some form of design, be it the family-owned building business or her later attraction to real estate [...] Read More
How to have fun while creating a spectacular home

How to have fun while creating a spectacular home

April 20, 2015

Marnie Oursler used to sell houses. Now she designs and builds stunning homes that delight her clients. And in doing so, Marnie has learnt how to run a successful business.

Marnie knows how to have fun while creating a spectacular home. It starts with an attitude of believing in what she’s doing, having a passion for it, and thinking up creative ways to add something a bit different to each house If you’ve ever wanted a secret [...] Read More
Bethany Beach’s Marnie Oursler Promotes Use of American Construction Products Through Marnie Homes

Bethany Beach’s Marnie Oursler Promotes Use of American Construction Products Through Marnie Homes

March 1, 2013

Marnie Oursler of Bethany Beach may be one of the few people to get accepted to a prestigious MBA program after admitting in an application letter that people thought she was crazy.

But after eating almost nothing other than peanut butter sandwiches for two years, Oursler, an $11-an-hour [...] Read More