A lot has changed since '97 and early HTML and now I'm wreaking my brains looking at the best approach to contemporary webdev trends (ie Less/HTML5/CSS/SCSS).I don't really want to use 'off the shelf' free D7 themes as I want to be able to theme myself again using the above.All your comments have been very helpful, so that you all for taking the time to respond.I'll pay it back one my own knowledge has grown. PB OK, the thing is that all of that CSS is there for a reason.
Feel like I'm stuck between a rock and a hardplace, I've decide to post.
I had been editing the Boilerplate and also Boron, but just found I was trying to wade through lines of CSS and after multiple hours found I was not making much progress.
I'm not saying I don't understand, but just at the 'bottom of the mountain' (again! Just override what you need to in your subtheme (not Omega itself), and work incrementally. Omega also lets you turn each sheet off in the settings panel should you decide you don't want it.
As far as grid frameworks, I started using 960 grid as that was something which conceptually struck a chord with me.
They all have similar features, though the way they work in practice is different.