ZIPTRAK® Outdoor Blinds 

Myrtle House Cafe - Wollombi - Case Study

Mrytle House Cafe s a beautiful timber cottage located within the historic village of Wollombi. It features a thriving cafe with wrap around timber decks. At the time that we quoted for outdoor shade blinds, the new owners were racing to complete renovations to give the building a new lease on life.


The wrap around decks are a popular feature of the cafe, but needed protection from rain and the afternoon sun. Table settings located at the edge of the veranda meant that water resistance was a priority. The outdoor blinds must be easy to operate with minimal impact on the aesthetic of the building.


I love the character of the cottage, and the client’s were doing an amazing job on the restoration. It was clear that our outdoor blinds needed to fit the bill. Add to this the short time frame before the cafe was due to open which meant we needed to push to meet the deadline.


It was an obvious choice to use motorised Ziptrak® outdoor blinds to meet the client’s brief. This product would be super easy (touch of a button) to use, and as they include the guided side track system, would not leak through the side edges of the blinds. 

  • Outlook Mode was the fabric of choice, making use of it’s great shade qualities and resistance to water. 

  • Alpha motors with wireless remote operation completed the brief proving to be very cost effective.

The old house features chunky wide verandah posts and by mounting our blinds to the inside face of these, we were able to hide our side tracks (and disguise that the posts were way out of plumb!). The blinds along the front of the cafe were exposed and required hooding to protect them from the elements. I was super conscious of maintaining a neat appearance for these outdoor blinds, as these were what is seen from the street.

All of the hoods, brackets, tracks and bottom rails were white in colour which is a standard Ziptrak® colour. Many other colours are available had this been required.


We pulled out all stops to get these outdoor blinds installed in time and were on site on the evening before the grand opening making sure that everything was perfect. It was fun being part of the tribe of trades working together to get it finished. 

From my perspective it was a good challenge. I was really proud of the result. More importantly, our client’s were really happy!

Contact us with any questions about Ziptrak outdoor blinds and how they could be used to solve your shade issue.

"Awning solves our problem with direct sunlight and difficulty with putting up any other kind of shade. Service was extremely good. Very prompt response, helpful advice and friendly approach. It was refreshing to deal with a supplier who responded straight away to our request and kept us regularly updated on progress."

Alice & Mark 

Folding Arm Awning

"After a number of alternative providers failed to attend scheduled quotation appointments we contact Tim at 4.00pm. Tim was immediately proactive and set an appointment at our house at 8.30 the next day. In the meantime, Tim mailed photographs to give us an indication of his work. True to his word, Tim attended and provided us a quote on the spot. Later that day we accepted and agreed on an installation date. The product was delivered and installed on the agreed date. We are very happy with Tim's service and advice, the product itself and the final result. We would recommend East Coast Shade Design, Thanks."

Craig F


Installed Skyspan Retractable Umbrella: "Is an attractive addition to our home entertaining area - neighbours comment favourably. Service: Especially good from order to installation and subsequently, obvious interest in our satisfaction levels was most gratifying. It is a pleasure to do business with East Coast Shade Design."

Dianne V


"Excellent - very happy with quality of sails and strength of posts and fittings. Patience and input into design was very much appreciated - end result was perfect. Delivered more than was promised in service, timeliness and effect. Amazing turnaround times - completed significantly earlier than promised."

Emma & Angus H


"Very Good Service. Prompt to quote and install. Awning looks great and was exactly what we wanted."

Harol 230 Folding Arm Awning

"Very impressed with the quality of materials used and very cost competitive compared with my other quotes. First Class Service - very timely service. I very much enjoyed having Tim do the work - very professional and reliable and shows great enthusiasm in his work."

James Harrison


"Great creative insight into design - withstands the weather and supports our need for shade. Regular Communication meant work proceeded efficiently and friendly manner. It looks great, kids happy, we're happy."

Karrawong Kindy

Shade Sails:  "Excellent and prompt. Clean and neat (& cheerful) work. Tim Davies was very helpful and patient."

Max & Lorraine Lowery

Mt Errington Early Learning Centre

"We love our new awning. It is easy to use and looks great. Service: Excellent. Friendly. Good Follow-up. Informative. Didn't push me to spend more - recommended what was necessary. We are very happy with end result and it blends with our house as if it was meant to be there all along."

Melinda C


Outdoor blind installation: "Very helpful, kept informed at all times - installed blind very quickly without disruption. Happy to have done business - would use again."

Neil Hunter

Campus Central, Ourimbah

"Thanks to Tim an and the team for a very professional installation of our new motorised awning. We were very impressed with the product, and with the detailed investigation and resolution of the mounting details and installation process ."


New Lambton

"The sail that we had installed is excellent in both workmanship and quality. It is better than we imagined and provides us with our desired requirement of privacy and shade. The service provided by Tim is exceptional. His expertise and attention to detail was invaluable enabling us to work together to achieve the desired result even though the area to be covered was unusual and complicated in design. Tim understood the importance of getting our sail exactly right and we are delighted with the result. We would have no hesitation in recommending East Coast Shade Design to anyone considering installing a shade sail. Tim kept us informed from beginning to end of the project."

Paul and Jill


"Heavy sail material, powder-coated posts, stainless fittings all look like a quality product. Excellent communications and Tim is there when he says he will be."

Terry W

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