[caption id="attachment_65087" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2020\/02\/Discovery-Junction.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="407" class="size-full wp-image-65087" \/> Construction at Discovery Junction in Marlinton continued through the winter, and the Seven Rivers Design Build crew is working hard to complete the stage structure. Above, from left: Thomas Bostic, Clay Condon and Robert Rush work on the timber framing of the stage. S. Stewart photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_65085" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2020\/02\/Andrew-2.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="524" class="size-full wp-image-65085" \/> Andrew Must started Seven Rivers Design Build in 2011, and the business has grown to include 12 employees.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\u00a0\r\nSome people know from a very young age what they want to do when they grow up, while others spend most of their lives searching for the right career.\u00a0\r\n\r\nHillsboro native Andrew Must falls in between those scenarios. Although he never dreamed of being a contractor, he always enjoyed building and creating.\r\n\r\n\u201cI think I naturally like it a lot,\u201d Must said. \u201cMy parents [Bob and Ginger Must] built our house, so I was around that all the time and thought it was cool. But when I was in high school, I didn\u2019t think I would go into construction. It just kind of happened naturally.\u201d\r\n\r\nDuring his summer breaks from college, Must did construction and small jobs until he returned to Pocahontas County full-time in 2008.\r\n\r\n\u201cI just started taking small jobs,\u201d he said. \u201cI like design. I think building energy efficient homes and buildings is really important. I didn\u2019t know if it would be what I\u2019d pursue for a career. I\u2019ve been doing it for little over ten years, and I officially started Seven Rivers Design Build LLC in 2011.\u201d\r\n\r\nOnce the business became official, Must and his crew quickly picked up jobs here and there \u2013 either renovations or new builds \u2013 in Pocahontas and surrounding counties.\r\n\r\n\u201cI don\u2019t think we specialize in anything particularly,\u201d Must said. \u201cAn area like this \u2013\u00a0you can specialize \u2013\u00a0but it\u2019s not a gigantic economy, so being a little more broad is advantageous, I think. We\u2019re general contractors and prefer to take on the whole project and be responsible for all components of it.\u201d\r\n\r\nOne of the most well-known jobs by Seven Rivers is the McGlaughlin House\u00a0\u2013 the oldest existing house in Pocahontas County which was discovered in Marlinton in 2007. The log cabin was purchased by the Pocahontas County Landmarks Commission and Seven Rivers was contracted to restore the home.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ve renovated quite a few log cabins,\u201d Must said. \u201cThat\u2019s an interesting process. It\u2019s an old construction method that was born out of necessity where people just had an axe and they were basically in the woods.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe restoration of the McGlaughlin House was even more poignant for Must, who is a descendant of Squire Hugh McGlaughlin who built the house circa 1850.\r\n\r\nSeven Rivers Design Build LLC has gained momentum through the years, and Must said he and his 12 employees have had a steady flow of projects.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe currently have jobs in Summers County, Greenbrier County and Pocahontas County happening right now,\u201d he said. \u201cWe move around a lot. Sometimes, guys won\u2019t be on one project for as long as we like them to be because we have to shift them around. It\u2019s rare that all the projects we have going at one time are on the same stage, so they sort of stagger, and we\u2019re able to use the strengths of our personnel where it makes sense.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u00a0The project in Pocahontas County is the Discovery Junction beside the Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton. Must said he was drawn to the project because it\u2019s in his home county, and it seemed like an intriguing job.\r\n\r\n\u00a0\u201cIt\u2019s here,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s in Pocahontas County and it looked like an interesting project and a good opportunity. We like the timber framing aspect \u2013 the post and beam aspect.\u201d\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe Discovery Junction committee, which includes Joe Smith, Lauren Bennett, Kristen Doss and Katie Workman, used community input and help from West Virginia University students to draw up the plans for the space and Seven Rivers was contracted to create that vision.\r\n\r\n\u201cA lot of the work we did up to a few weeks back was kind of behind the scenes,\u201d Must said of the project. \u201cThere wasn\u2019t a whole lot to show. There\u2019s a ton of stuff underground over there. A lot of utility work, electrical, plumbing and a pretty significant drainage system that went in, so all that stuff is done and covered up. That was time consuming.\r\n\r\n\u201cSo now, we\u2019re actually above ground level, putting up the timber frame, and it\u2019s starting to look like something,\u201d he continued. \u201cI\u2019ve been pretty happy with the progress.\u201d\r\n\r\nLast week, the crew installed the trusses of the stage area at the Discovery Junction, giving a clearer idea of what the space will look like when finished.\u00a0\r\n\r\nWhether it\u2019s a new project, restoration job or even a community space like Discovery Junction, Must said he is focused on energy efficiency and using natural materials as much as possible.\r\n\r\nAs for the future, Must said he is always thinking about ways to expand on what Seven Rivers Design Build LLC offers.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m always thinking about expanding,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s how my brain works. I\u2019m really interested in getting into some degree of pre-fab \u2013 being able to partially build a house in the shop and then being able to build a house from the ground up in a much shorter timeline.\u201d\u00a0\r\n\r\nMust\u2019s goal is to have a streamlined design process and create five or six plans for customers to consider as a starter and then customize the color scheme and finishes.\r\n\r\n\u00a0\u201cWe would build it in a controlled shop or factory setting and be able to implement it quick on the site,\u201d he said. \u201cA lot of people think pre-fab or manufactured housing is low quality. In this country that\u2019s just kind of the stigma that\u2019s around it.\r\n\r\n\u201cI don\u2019t want to build crazy expensive buildings, but I think that you can do manufactured housing or pre-fab in a way that builds really quality buildings that are energy efficient, using quality materials, and it doesn\u2019t have to be crazy expensive,\u201d he continued.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cThat\u2019s what I\u2019m trying to work toward in the next few years.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor more information on Seven Rivers Design Build LLC or to contact Must, visit\u00a0www.sevenriversdb.com or call 304-520-5076.