After much research on WordPress themes and a complete novice in WordPress, I decided to use the Themify Ultra theme for it's clean design + the intuitive interface of Themify's Builder. This theme and the Builder add on were amazing! It made building the site and modifying the theme not as scary as I feared. As a designer and wanting things to be perfect, I did a lot of modifying to the Ultra theme and the support team at Themify were very patient, detailed and timely in responding to my questions regarding the extensive custom CSS I added. Going with Themify/Ultra/Builder was a rock solid decision and have zero regrets. Thanks Themify!
Themify has become my go-to theme for client projects that require a quick turnaround but also a dynamic site. The team at Themify is quick to give feedback if any issues arise or just to brainstorm about ways to extend a theme's capabilities.