Here’s the deal: all Shopify storefronts are based off a template in some shape or form unless you do truly custom site – and if you’re not making over 6 figures per month or losing 5 figures a month because of UX issues, you don’t need a FULLY custom template. Templates are pre-built architecture but not the end result. Kind of like those crazy people on pinterest with wild IKEA hacks - we take the frame and create something totally new.
Shopify templates also come in varying degrees of flexibility, speed, well engineered sections, and documentation for upkeep. We only recommend templates have used and are familiar worth the code base and have researched for ADA compliance and performance. If you wanted to just use a template you still won’t be much closer to that design, aesthetic and usable quality you’re after. All templates need some level of customization to achieve what you want without extra apps slowing you down.
If you're really looking to go lean with your development costs, we recommend reaching out to us because we do offer smaller intensive packages that are more heavily template based that we can do a quicker turnaround on a smaller budget, your project inclusions will look a little different that our packages above.