I’m always looking for examples of step-by-step instructions and resources to help you learn more about website and blog design and layout. Here’s another one.
Design in Flight’s article, “Soup to Nuts Making a CSS Based Layout Start to Finish” tackles a standard HTML layout and how to develop it.
WordPress users should look at this as a way to create a sandbox and tutorial on standard HTML/XHMTL and CSS layout driven by PHP, but maintain the specific modular system that is part of what makes WordPress so great. There is a lot to learn in this article to help you understand how all the parts and pieces go together and match the CSS.