We at Andornot Consulting have developed a number of Omeka sites for clients, most with custom themes. These themes were based on the purchase of a pre-designed template from one of the many template marketplaces, with that graphic design then adapted for use with Omeka. This provides a custom look and feel for an Omeka site without the expense that comes from sitting down with a blank sheet of paper and designing a completely custom design from scratch.
However, it’s still a good amount of work to apply even a pre-created design to a set of Omeka theme files, as the template is just a starting point. How much work really depends how far you want to go in tinkering with it, how many plugins you want to use, which might need some design work, etc.
How far $1,000 might get you depends very much on what sort of hourly rate you’d be paying. I’m afraid it wouldn’t get you a complete custom theme from us, but feel free to send me a private message or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to discuss our rates and work further.
Jonathan Jacobsen, BA, MLIS