Let me start by saying that I am really impressed by this package! It really sped up my work!
Now I would like to change the UI and I am stuck. "Tabbed Emerald template" seems to be very similar to what I would like to have except that I would like to have the tabs (forum list) on the top (next to the logo or just below the logo). I am not an expert on php so I am not sure whether current structure can accomodate?
This is not really about PHP coding. You are talking about needs for template changes and that is HTML coding. No matter what, it's not a simple recipe to get the template the way that you want it. It will take serious work to modify the template.