Contractor and fifth-generation builder Marnie Oursler will renovate properties in the coastal communities near Bethany Beach, Del., in DIY Network’sBig Beach Builds.
Premiering Monday, March 20, with back-to-back episodes at 9 and 9:30 p.m. Eastern, the series follows Marnie as she restores beach houses that can withstand hot summers, high tides and hurricane seasons for years to come.
“There’s nothing like living at the beach,” said Marnie. “But all that sun, sand and salt air can really take a toll on a home—that’s where I come in.”
In the first episode, Marnie takes on a dilapidated A-frame cottage 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 structure.
“I grew up learning from the best,” said Marnie. “The houses built by my dad, his father and his father are still standing. Those places were built to last and now I’m continuing the tradition.”
Currently in more than 59 million U.S. households,DIY Networkoffers renovation-related programming.
Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., DIY Network is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., which also owns and operates HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.