The house is sided with hemlock from Pocahontas County and stained red. The floor looks like brick but is a poured concrete stencil.
The effect is rustic. Inside, utilities are tucked away. Ceilings are just 7 feet high on the first floor, with exposed beams. Lighting includes dim electrical candles, though Spangler added some additional lighting to boost brightness at nighttime.
Two front rooms house a living room and dining room. In the rear, there is a buttery, or cool pantry, and a large, eat-in kitchen.
Spangler furnished the house primarily with pieces he made. Not everything suggests the late 1700s. The refrigerator is hidden away behind a cabinet fashioned from an old refrigerator crate Spangler acquired from a family in Malden — they bought the first electric refrigerator in the area. An island sink was crafted from his grandmother's tin dishpan, a piece he fondly remembers her using.
Spangler said he made his own furniture out of necessity — antiques from Colonial times are way out of his price range. Instead, he studied photos and actual antiques, headed to his dad's workshop and taught himself to create new pieces that look old.
A wingback sofa looks ancient, thanks to the woven rope seat and covering of a tattered quilt. A kitchen hutch features rusty, beat-up hinges and weathered wood created by layers of paint and wax.
Even the wide-planked pine floors upstairs look old, thanks to the fact that Spangler left them unfinished during the construction process so that they'd be nicked up a bit. He also used rose head nails purchased from the Tremont Nail Company in New England, which has been making them the same way for 200 years.
Spangler said his desire to make the house look old frustrated his dad at times. Dad wanted everything square and neat; son wanted things to appear as though they'd been settling for a couple centuries.
That's why doorframes are a bit off kilter — on purpose. Minor disagreements aside, Spangler said he enjoyed knowing the house was built with his dad.
"It makes it all the more special to me," he said.
One room upstairs has been set aside for modern comfort, with comfortable furniture, a computer and television. Spangler said he took the advice of others who love the same old style of home.
"They say you have to have a room to live in," he said. A current project, a log cabin addition to the side of the house, will become a comfy family room.
Spangler's craftsmanship has caught the attention of experts in early homes and antique lovers. His work has been featured in five magazines, including the winter issue of Early Homes magazine. He's most proud of the mention he got in Judy Condon's recent book, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."
"I've been reading her books for years," he said.
Spangler's varied background includes working as a landscaper and garden specialist. He has planned weddings and events. He has volunteered his time building sets for local theater groups.
He recently started a business, Mike Spangler Folkart, which grew out of people seeing his handcrafted items.
"Facebook is a wonderful tool," he said. "It's amazing the range of the primitive community. I started making friends all over the community. They would see my stuff in pictures and would say, 'Where did you find that?'"
His work earned the stamp of approval by Linda Miller, who owns Miller's House of Antiques in Columbus, Ohio.
"She's the Martha Stewart of the primitives world," he said. "People call her to authenticate pieces."
Spangler now travels to regional events to sell his wares and has been stocking a building on family property in which to display furniture and accessories. He said it will be open by appointment "and by chance" to customers.
Spangler's house is located just feet from his parents' home, the workshop and his showroom. Most evenings find him out in the workshop, making something new. But he relishes hunkering down for the night in his house, too, cooking for friends or just relaxing.
"This time of year, I don't want to leave," he said.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.