different? well, it is more boring than most sites seeing as it has no graphics except your logo. and where's your portfolio? no one will hire you to design a site when they haven't seen what you can do.
yes i know there arent pictures yet, it still isn't 100% finished, was looking for feedback on the actual physical layout...as for the portfolio, it's coming, I just haven't got that many sites under my belt as I have only started in the last month so it may be a bit of a way off yet.
1. The color scheme. You've got the complementary color scheme of orange/ blue, which is pretty harsh on the eyes. I would go for a more subtle, less contrasting color scheme. Or better yet-- you could use the same colors, except soften them a little in saturation, then add a neutral color like grey in your composition to balance it all out.
2. The huge-sized verdana isn't helping. I'd either make it smaller- like 8pt- or switch to arial.
3. It doesn't really make sense to have the main menu in the center of your web page like that.