Building with Design in Mind

Marnie Custom Homes brings impeccable craftsmanship, innovative design and luxury sophistication to the Delaware Beaches. Every Marnie Custom Home is unique and perfectly tailored to the homeowner.

The result? An ideal luxury beach retreat, built in harmony with nature.


The entire Marnie Custom Home team is enthusiastic, passionate, detail-oriented and among the most conscientious in the business. Our rock-solid relationships with subcontractors, suppliers and our advisory council ensure we anticipate and exceed expectations.

Marnie Oursler

  • Designer of the Year, 2020 Regal Award: Home Builders Association of Delaware
  • Designer of the Year, 2019 Regal Award: Home Builders Association of Delaware
  • Entrepreneur of the year, 2013 Gold Stevie® Award for Women in Business
  • Professional Builder Magazine “40 under 40”
  • Advisory Member, Del Tech Community College AET and CMT Program
  • National Spokesperson for 84 Lumber’s “We Build American” Campaign
  • Girl’s Inc., Strong, Smart Bold Award
  • Young Entrepreneur Collective (YEC): World’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs 40 and Younger
  • Member, Board of Advisors for The Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University

Advisory Council
Team MCH


It begins with a wish list, a kaleidoscope of images in a homeowner’s mind. Along the way there is creativity, collaboration, communication, and lots of fun. Marnie Homeowners feel informed, expertly cared for and in control. And they genuinely enjoy every step to the front door of their dream home.

  • A Builder Who Listens and Cares

    When you build a Marnie Home we anticipate and guide you through the tens of thousands of choices needed to make your dream home feel like home. Marnie takes you through the entire process, step by step, keeping priorities front of mind and her eyes on the prize—your dream home. Our clients trust us to make decisions that perfectly suit their personal style and lifestyle. And you will, too.

  • A Logical Process

    Every aspect of building your home, from budget creation, to vendors, to finish selections, is expertly managed for a seamless, relaxing and enjoyable experience. Rest assured Marnie’s tenacious attention to every detail–from aligning the interior trim to getting manufacturer warranty certificates–means you can breathe easy. With our unique online interface, clients can access budgets, costs and schedules from anywhere in the world. And frequent one-on-one communication and weekly meetings keep things moving and clients feeling secure and on top of the project.

  • An Uncommonly Fun Experience

    It’s exciting to build a Marnie home, because you also build a friendship! Marnie’s warm, engaging style and cheerful demeanor means building your dream home will be a big, fun adventure. We care, and we want to make it right for you. Our mutually-respectful and beneficial longstanding relationships with vendors and subcontractors ensure you get the best value. That’s why our clients’ friends and neighbors can’t wait to build a “Marnie Home” of their own.


Marnie builds dream homes that feel like home. She also builds community by giving back: whether by using locally-sourced materials, helping Delaware students get hands-on learning opportunities, or supporting arts education for underprivileged kids.

Building American

Marnie is dedicated to using and encouraging other builders to use American-made materials and support American enterprise and workers. She is also a spokeswoman for 84 Lumber’s Build American campaign.

Investing in Education

As a member of the Delaware Tech Construction Department Advisory Board, Marnie is helping develop curricula, offer career placement advice and help students gain the real work experience they need to succeed in the field of home building.

Teaching Design

As a guest lecturer at the University of Maryland graduate school of architecture, Marnie teaches the importance of understanding your market and the ins and outs of designing retirement communities and upscale homes.

Mentoring and Motivating

Marnie is indebted to the mentors who supported her through the years. She pays it forward as a mentor for Girls, Inc. and offers advice and motivation at events like NYU Stern Business School’s Women in Business Conference and the Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference.

Supporting the Arts

Marnie is proud to support and be a board member for The Freeman Stage—the Delaware shore’s premier arts destination—and supports their mission of making the arts accessible to everyone.

Supporting The Building Industry

Propelled by her passion for quality design, Marnie works closely with manufacturers, providing feedback on materials, function and aesthetics. Through collaboration with industry peers, she stays on top of the latest trends.