Marnie Custom Homes recognized with Regal Awards

Earlier this month, the Home Builders Association of Delaware hosted its 27th Annual Regal Awards ceremony, recognizing excellence and celebrating outstanding achievements in Delaware home building.

Marnie Custom Homes — a woman-owned building company that specializes in designing and building custom beach homes using sustainable practices throughout Delaware and beyond — was recognized with 10 2019 Regal Awards including:

• Custom Home Builder of the Year

• Designer of the Year (Marnie Oursler, CEO, Marnie Custom Homes)

• Best Home Design (Point Break custom home project)

• Best Interior Design (Dream Catcher custom home project)

• Best Kitchen Design (Absolute Paradise custom home project)

• Best Bathroom Design (Jetsetter custom home project)

• Best Outdoor Area Design (Lindia project from DIY Network’s “Big Beach Builds”)

• Best Master Suite Design (Dream Catcher custom home project)

• Best Website,, and

• Best Luxury Custom Home Over $400,000, Merit Award (Dream Catcher custom home project).

A panel of experts assigned scores for every submission — with only one winner in each category. For Custom Home Builder of the Year and Designer of the Year, Marnie Custom Homes achieved the highest cumulative points based on multiple award categories.

“Winning the prestigious Custom Home Builder of the Year and Designer of the Year awards really speaks to the talent, dedication and innovation of the entire Marnie Custom Homes team,” said Oursler.

In addition, Marnie Custom Homes was recognized with a Merit award for Best Luxury Custom Home for their Dream Catcher custom home project. Judges rarely award a Merit recognition (in addition to a first-place award, she noted.

Entries were judged on how well the overall project demonstrated excellence in craftsmanship, skilled labor, attention to detail and overall design, including visual appeal, functionality and flow. Project challenges were considered and addressed, and it’s noted how entries compare to similar builds in the market.

“I’m fortunate to have an amazing team who excel in their respective roles at Marnie Custom Homes,” said Oursler. “We’re proud of our 2019 Regal Awards within the Delaware home building industry and community.”

Based in Bethany Beach, Marnie Custom Homes specializes in building sustainable beach homes using locally sourced materials. Oursler — host of DIY Network’s “Big Beach Builds” and host of HGTV’s “2018 Dream Home” — uses energy-efficient practices and reclaimed and recycled material to add character to clients’ homes.

The team at Marnie Custom Homes builds an average of seven custom homes per year, with close to 100 built to-date. More information is online at and