My question involves business law in the state of: New Hampshire
I asked a general contractor to give me a quote for my home office (I run a small professional services business) in order for me to have a more professional meeting place with my clients. At the same time, the contractor asked what other construction projects I'm planning on doing and I told him that my bathroom needs to be done eventually. He said that it's best to figure out a quote for them together and then do them in sensible pieces, which would also lower the total cost of the two separate projects. I agreed and asked if he could now give me a quote, since he has already measured everything and it's pretty clear what I want. He said that he has to look into it, but told me that we need to design this project first. I wondered why, and he pointed out that without a design it's hard to figure out a total cost and how to break it out into individual pieces. I said that I was okay with that, but what I really want is a quote. This whole conversation took place verbally.
After he went home he redrew my bathroom several times, and each time we changed some details a tiny bit. He never got the thing right though, and eventually - in his frustration - sent me this bizarre 3D view of my office and bathroom, which I never requested or wanted. After that he suddenly told me that I owned him some $1,000 for various designs that I couldn't use at the rate of $75/hour. I did not acknowledge this, but instead asked him to get a "quote for this total project". He did not give me this, instead he sent me a partial quote, between $5,000 and $7,000 dollars that covers anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 of the total project. That gives me a range that is obviously so wide, that it's completely unusable to me.
1) I authorized verbally some design work to get a quote
2) I never got that quote
3) I never agreed to pay for this work
4) I never agreed to a $75 hourly rate
5) I never acknowledged his bill or his rate - I didn't comment on it in any shape or form
6) I have saved all written communications that we've ever had - there never was a written contract between us
So the question is, do I own him this money or can I just fire him without paying him?