Meet Marnie

Meet Marnie Oursler, the Force of Nature Behind DIY Network's 'Big Beach Builds'

She’s taking over the East Coast one cozy-yet-indestructible getaway at a time. 

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About the show

Having grown up in a family of builders, contractor Marnie Oursler is using her pedigree to give outdated beach homes a new lease on life. From gorgeous decks that make the most of ocean views, to beach glass inspired kitchens and customized sand-friendly spaces, she's taking classic beach houses that have been around forever and giving them modern updates while still preserving their charm. Whether you have all the money in the world, or a modest budget, Marnie will make your beach living dreams come true.

About the Host

Marnie Oursler

Marnie Oursler, host of DIY Network's Big Beach Builds, makes fantasy beach retreats a reality no matter the budget. Join her journey as she transforms dated homes into custom tailored properties.

All About Marnie

Season 2, Episode 2

Seaside Spectacular

A family living in their dream location of Bethany Beach, DE, calls on Marnie to save their cramped 1980s beach house. Marnie's mission is to drag it into the present with a nautical makeover and make it look as beautiful as the beaches around it.

Tuesday
Sep 14
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 2, Episode 3

No Longer Grandma's House

After inheriting his family's Cape Cod cottage in Bethany Beach, Delaware, a man realizes it looks like grandma still lives in the home. Marnie steps in with a plan to bring the house up to date that includes ripping out the old wood paneling and more. In the end, the home receives the beautiful, beachy and modern renovation it so desperately needed.

Tuesday
Sep 14
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 8

Sun Room to Fun Room

A couple's house in Bethany Beach, DE, has been in the family for decades, but it's becoming cramped as their large family grows. After years of pleading from their daughters, the couple has agreed to renovate their 90s-themed house. Now it's up to Marnie to bring their house into the 21st century and make it comfortable enough for three generations.

Tuesday
Sep 14
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 1, Episode 1

Big Beach Builds

Having grown up in a family of builders, contractor Marnie Oursler is using her pedigree to give outdated beach homes a new lease on life. From gorgeous decks that make the most of ocean views, to beach glass inspired kitchens and customized sand-friendly spaces, she's taking classic beach houses that have been around forever and giving them modern updates while still preserving their charm. Whether you have all the money in the world, or a modest budget, Marnie will make your beach living dreams come true.

Friday
Oct 8
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 3

Boxed In at the Beach

Chris and Danielle's cottage in Bethany Beach, Delaware, is too cramped for their family of five. Marnie attempts to convert the wasted deck space and bare backyard into a spacious beach escape, but an unlucky pipe break brings renovation to a halt.

Friday
Oct 8
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 5

The Beach Gut

A couple transports a 60-year-old house to a plot of land near the beach in the hopes it can be transformed into the perfect beach getaway. It's up to Marnie and her team to completely renovate the retired home while keeping the rustic charm and integrity from the 1960s.

Friday
Oct 8
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 7

Save It or Sell It

A couple loves Lewes, Delaware, and the cheerful home they own there, but their two daughters have outgrown the space. Now, the family's torn between selling the house or renovating it. Can Marnie expand the lovely beach home without losing its historic charm?

Friday
Oct 8
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 9

Open-Concept Canal Home

Karen's 30-year-old canal-side home has an enormous backyard and attractive deck area, but its choppy 1980s layout and awkward additions aren't functional for entertaining. Marnie has big plans for this already vast beach home, including a complete indoor and outdoor kitchen renovation and new open-concept layout that will be perfect for large family gatherings.

Friday
Oct 8
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 11

Captain's Paradise

A couple with deep roots in the historic town of Bethany Beach, Delaware, decides to buy a classic beach cottage a block away from the water. While the location is perfect, the interior of the home has structural flaws and an awkward layout unfit for the former ship captain and his wife. It's up to Marnie and her team to ensure that the character of the beach cottage remains intact as she incorporates a maritime feel into this beach paradise.

Friday
Oct 8
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 1, Episode 12

Big Family, Bigger Beach Home

A couple's Bethany Beach, Delaware, home has become a cramped space in desperate need of reconfiguration as their family continues to grow. With a new open-concept layout, Marnie aims to preserve the integrity of the house while improving the flow and maximizing space for this growing family.

Friday
Oct 8
10am | 9c
Season 1, Episode 13

Rare and Recycled

A determined couple has found a 1960s gem of a beach home with a rare design element: a unique breezeway running through its center! While some may view the home as a teardown, the couple is serious about preserving its classic look and expanding upon the unique breezeway. Marnie faces one of her toughest challenges yet as she attempts to create a modern, fresh look without altering the structural design of the house. Along the way, Marnie and her crew run into issues the aging house has developed over time, like rotting posts under the back porch. Marnie must tackle the 50-year-old layout and transform this unique beach home into a fun space the family can enjoy for years to come.

Friday
Oct 8
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 2, Episode 2

Seaside Spectacular

A family living in their dream location of Bethany Beach, DE, calls on Marnie to save their cramped 1980s beach house. Marnie's mission is to drag it into the present with a nautical makeover and make it look as beautiful as the beaches around it.

Friday
Oct 8
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 7

A House Built on Sand

A couple's beach cottage in Dewey, Delaware, is just a few steps to the beach, but the house has no curb appeal and feels dated. They enlist Marnie to give it a face lift, but during demolition, Marnie finds that the foundation is sinking into the sand.

Friday
Oct 8
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 1, Episode 2

Backyard Beauty

Being close to the water in South Bethany, Delaware means unwanted wear and tear on Jay and Christine's back deck. They enlist Marnie to update and renovate the space by adding a stunning new outdoor shower, state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen and entertaining areas for all.

Friday
Oct 22
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 4

Flood-Ridden to Fabulous

Due to the layout of their property, Tom and Kim's spacious backyard in Bethany Beach, Delaware, gets overrun by flooding during thunderstorms. They enlist Marnie to make the yard flood-proof and transform the impractical space into a stunning outdoor living area.

Friday
Oct 22
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 6

From Soaked to Saved

A couple has invested in a 50-year-old abandoned home in Dewey Beach, Delaware. They decide to hand the reins over to Marnie in the hopes she'll turn the fixer-upper into a safe vacation destination for their two boys. The crew runs into unexpected water damage and structural mishaps along the way, but Marnie's creativity transforms the soaked-through home into a beach beauty.

Friday
Oct 22
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 8

Beauty and the Beach

A couple's townhouse overlooks the Bethany Beach shoreline, and while the view can never get old, the inside remains dated and awkward. Marnie attempts to update the home, but the discovery of water damage may affect her ability to make the most of its dazzling view.

Friday
Oct 22
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 10

Amazing A-Frame

A couple turns to Marnie to help them transform their shabby A-frame retreat into a beautiful family beach home. But when Marnie discovers the house is held up by broken cinderblocks, she must use her creativity and a little help from her dad to bring the house back to life.

Friday
Oct 22
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 1

Bethany Beach Bunks

A family with a new baby is bursting out of their cramped bungalow in Bethany Beach, Delaware, and has challenged Marnie to work miracles with a small budget. She creates more space for the family by opening up the kitchen, relocating a laundry room and building magical bunk beds to accommodate the children. This new dream retreat will be a home this family can enjoy for years to come.

Friday
Oct 22
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 3

No Longer Grandma's House

After inheriting his family's Cape Cod cottage in Bethany Beach, Delaware, a man realizes it looks like grandma still lives in the home. Marnie steps in with a plan to bring the house up to date that includes ripping out the old wood paneling and more. In the end, the home receives the beautiful, beachy and modern renovation it so desperately needed.

Friday
Oct 22
10am | 9c
Season 2, Episode 8

Sun Room to Fun Room

A couple's house in Bethany Beach, DE, has been in the family for decades, but it's becoming cramped as their large family grows. After years of pleading from their daughters, the couple has agreed to renovate their 90s-themed house. Now it's up to Marnie to bring their house into the 21st century and make it comfortable enough for three generations.

Friday
Oct 22
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 2, Episode 4

Big Beach Dreams

Marnie's friend Leslie has achieved her dream of buying a beautiful house on the beach, but it needs a lot of work. Now she needs Marnie's help to turn it into the beach home and entertaining hub she's always dreamed about.

Friday
Oct 22
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 6

Pie-Shaped Problem House

A couple loves to host family at their home in Dewey Beach, DE, but no one wants to stay in their tiny, awkwardly shaped guest house. With a limited budget, Marnie decides to get creative and go bold with her design choices to transform their house into a fun beach getaway.

Friday
Oct 22
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 1, Episode 11

Captain's Paradise

A couple with deep roots in the historic town of Bethany Beach, Delaware, decides to buy a classic beach cottage a block away from the water. While the location is perfect, the interior of the home has structural flaws and an awkward layout unfit for the former ship captain and his wife. It's up to Marnie and her team to ensure that the character of the beach cottage remains intact as she incorporates a maritime feel into this beach paradise.

Friday
Nov 5
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 12

Big Family, Bigger Beach Home

A couple's Bethany Beach, Delaware, home has become a cramped space in desperate need of reconfiguration as their family continues to grow. With a new open-concept layout, Marnie aims to preserve the integrity of the house while improving the flow and maximizing space for this growing family.

Friday
Nov 5
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 13

Rare and Recycled

A determined couple has found a 1960s gem of a beach home with a rare design element: a unique breezeway running through its center! While some may view the home as a teardown, the couple is serious about preserving its classic look and expanding upon the unique breezeway. Marnie faces one of her toughest challenges yet as she attempts to create a modern, fresh look without altering the structural design of the house. Along the way, Marnie and her crew run into issues the aging house has developed over time, like rotting posts under the back porch. Marnie must tackle the 50-year-old layout and transform this unique beach home into a fun space the family can enjoy for years to come.

Friday
Nov 5
8am | 7c

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