Really need some additions to granite customization for classic keeps and castles.
Firstly, I really enjoy designing and customizing houses in UO. It's really, seriously, one of the top three reasons I'm still playing UO.
The use of granite to customize the classic keep and castle was a great addition even with it's limitations. Mostly not being able to remove a wall or to utilize the wasted space on the first floor of the keep.
Unfortunately, the design is not complete. There's only one door type for example not counting the hidden granite doors. The steel door is just not suited to interior doors.
1. Wood doors - add couple of wooden door types to the carpenters tool
2. Barred metal door - add to tinkers tool
3. Half wall - doesn't even exist in the housing tool; really needs to be added to both systems
4. Wood floor tiles
There's more but those are the basics.
Obviously I really really just want to customize my own keeps and castles. The contests were fun but just didn't produce anything I want to use as my own. The lag issue argument just doesn't fly with me.
In a custom castle you can place thousands of pavers and wall pieces which don't even count against the castle's storage. Then have 7500 more items in deco and storage. Then have 100s of mannequins fully dressed, armored and armed for thousands and thousands more items that also don't count against the castle's storage which nobody seems to care about that lag.
The poor design and/or eyesore issues really is a moot point too. Who cares? There's already disgusting looking houses all over the place. Some even won in the castle and keep contests. Exactly how is some players hideous, ugly design going to detract from the experience of the game? It won't. And again, who cares. If your his/her neighbor, then move away.