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.
Her father is the president of Marrick Homes, a Calvert County-based homebuilding company. She comes from a long line of homebuilders several generations back, a press release states.
She spent the summers as a laborer for her father growing up. Although she said she didn’t really appreciate the value of the work she did as she was doing it, it was being involved in building that got her to where she is today.
After college, she spent a few years in real estate and building homes on the side before starting her company, Marnie Custom Homes, in 2007 in Bethany Beach, Del. The company specializes in building sustainable, LEED-certified beach homes using locally sourced materials, according to a press release. Along the way, she racked up a slate of awards and accomplishments, including one of the world’s most distinguished business honors, the Gold Stevie Award, as Entrepreneur of the Year for Women in Business.
Then a few years ago, she was approached about pitching a TV show to HGTV. The pitch was successful.
“Big Beach Builds” focuses on renovations, rather than building homes, which is Oursler’s typical focus. Each episode focuses on a beach house in Delaware that needs to be saved. Some are not up to code and some are not functional.
“I put my heart and soul into every episode,” Oursler said in an interview with The Calvert Recorder.
In the premiere episode, Oursler takes on a dilapidated A-frame cottage that’s full of local history and sits two blocks from the beach. What begins as an easy remodel turns into a complete overhaul when a crumbling foundation requires the home be lifted 20 feet in the air to reset the unsafe structure, according to a press release.
In this day, where home television show stars such as Chip and Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” have captured hearts and television sets across the country, Oursler said she brings her high energy and expertise to “Big Beach Builds.”
“There’s no character for me, it’s just me. I’m just bringing myself,” she said.