Implement wordpress functionality into a design
I'm very new to Wordpress, I've run blogs before, but with pMachine. I think that wordpress is superb, but what i don't like, is that it seems that I need to design around the default templates and the scripts they give you. Ideally, I would design my site, and then implement the wordpress scripts into that design -- rather than being given a design and have to essentially redesign that template entirely.
Surely my ideal situation is possible with wordpress -- but how, exactly?