Marnie Homes

American Made Since 2007

Marnie Oursler

Bethany Beach, Delaware
Building with Design in Mind: Marnie Homes proudly chooses American-made materials when building our custom beach homes.

Tell us about your business.

I am a fifth generation builder who developed a passion for this industry by spending my childhood helping my father on his building sites. Twenty-five years later, I’m still working with contractors – though, now as a small business owner, I can say that my responsibilities have increased quite a bit. As a woman in this traditionally male-dominated field, it’s been a real trial to set myself apart. I’ve been successful, however, by combining my builder’s technical knowledge with a designer’s sensibility. I call it “building with design in mind.” Another unique feature of my homes is that they are built with more than 90% American-made products. At Marnie Homes, we work with our clients to build their dream beach homes on one of the country’s best beaches: Bethany Beach, DE. Everyone has a little designer in them, and I love working with clients to translate their ideas and inspirations into their new custom home.

What makes your business stand out?

I believe it is important to follow your passions and incorporate them into your work. As a builder, I strive to improve our economy and the environment through my homes. In 2012, for example, I worked with a client to build my first “All American House” using over 90% domestic building materials in the most cost effective way. Now, as a national spokesperson for 84 Lumber's “We Build American” campaign, I am helping builders across the country learn about American-made products with the goal of creating more domestic jobs and reducing the strain on the environment (less shipping, more production regulations, etc.). Because American-made products are not much more expensive and of generally higher quality, all the homes I'm working on now are over 90% American. In fact, a home with 90% to 95% domestic products cost roughly 1.5% more than a home with the majority of the products outsourced! I also built Delaware's first LEED certified "green" home in 2009.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Helen Hayes has an excellent quote to live by: “If you rest, you rust.” In this economy, no one can afford to get rusty!

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