@Christopher. Thanks. Will try out your suggestions and will try to polish this design and make it a WordPress theme, just for my own satisfaction.
@Paulie_D.. I tried talking to the client and have him explain what he d like. But, after a long discussion, he could not decide and asked me to mockup what comes to my mind. The only thing he could decide upon was the content and the layout, which is a little similar in both cases. The client did not even provide me a logo or a color scheme, despite me asking for it a hundred times. Said, ‘provide a few color schemes with the WordPress theme.’
I tried to tell him the same thing that you are saying! :(