Swanny007 - 2:21 am on Feb 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
Excellent plan, GodLikeLotus. You'll definitely want to use some kind of includes for the template setup so you are a little more "future-proof" for this sort of thing down the road.
I include head.php in the head section, header.php just after the opening body tag, and footer.php just before the closing body tag. It has saved so much time in the long run, I use that everywhere (I mainly use PHP but you can use SSI includes and stick with .shtml or .html or whatever).