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Just to give an example...my castle isn't nearly done...I keep changing things :/ but this is what the first floor looks like empty and then what I did with it.
Still trying to come up with the perfect configuration for the main front room area....and the color of the tables in the back...can't decide! lol but those links on uo.com will show the empty castles, there are some nice designs in there!
Your design was one of the better ones...lotta wasted space for the spires imo but several of them were that way...overall I think yours is one of the best as far as open space and many design options using the craftable walls. You put a lot of thought into that aspect which was nice, not using oddly colored walls (Which is one of the main reasons I chose the Gothic Rose. It's taken some creativity to decorate and not just throw crafted walls everywhere) BUT for the most customizable experience, choosing a design made from the natural stone walls is your best option. I have been struggling these past few weeks because I want to try your design but the thought of converting and taking all the house add-ons down....daunting! But your design was always my second choice out of all of them.
Here's how far I got with my first castle in Spires style. I was somewhat satisfied with the ground floor, intended to still build a little mushroom garden with dark walls and hoped to replace the green carpets with grass tiles.
I found my second floor passable, but it still needed a bit of decoration.
I didn't like my third floor at all with the crafting stations but truly couldn't think of a practical lay-out that looked good at the same time. The solution finally came when I was so lucky to build a new castle to the south of my first one.
The roof was much more to my liking.
I converted this Spires castle to a Wendy's ruins and will decorate it as a "living house" for my RP character.
The second castle is now a BoD exchange centre in Spires style. While both new castles are still unfinished, I feel confident I'll produce two decently looking buildings when I have some time for UO again. Updated pictures will follow then.