help! who owns your design plans - you or the designer?
I'm having a small house built on a difficult site & commissioned Builder A & his in-house designer to develop original house plans for my home, w/the expectation that Builder A would do the construction. I never had a written contract with Builder A. After 2 years (!) my design plan was finished & all permits finally obtained, but Builder A's construction estimate had doubled, & I'd lost confidence in him. In late 2009, I hired Builder B to do my construction. There are new permit issues, & Builder B wants the complete CAD permit set of design plans from Builder A, who refuses to give me anything more than a few (useless) elevations. I paid Builder A (& his in-house designer) in full for my house plans in 2009 - aren't they now my property & shouldn't I now be able to get the full CAD set? Thanks for any advice!