Every time I go on a road trip, shooting photos and recording sounds, I try to stay in a variety of rental properties. Using Air BnB as well as local sites such as Book a Bach and Holiday Houses my criteria is either (a) a great view of landscape, water front, night sky etc or (b) a characterful house which hopefully contains interesting sounds. Once I arrive I first do a quick recce, checking all of the doors and any other objects with potential.
This house was a neat old bach on Mahia Peninsula. Apart from having an excellent outdoor bath on the back deck, the interior had been perfectly renovated and all of the furniture matched its 1950s roots. I only really noticed this sound when I went to use the dining table as a work space. The table could be doubled in size by lifting one end and sliding out the otherwise hidden extensions. And a lovely woody tortured creak was emitted with every movement. This house was carpeted and being a small lounge the interior reverb is more subdued.