I made a house painting website for my friend who owns his own business. Initially, I was going to do something original but then I saw a template that I really liked. It combined two recent trends that I do like – large photo backgrounds and one page responsive sites. It was a free template by DesignPuzzle from DevelopGo that I was alerted to by DealFuel who provide a weekly web design freebie just for signing up.
Once again, I feel no shame in using a template. I think it is common sense to go with something that works and make it your own.