2. You don’t have the right to use incomplete plans to build the home because this creates liability for the architect who created the plans. For example, you can pay to just sketch up a floorplan in the Schematic Design (Phase II in our process) and then stop. You can then use these completed Phase II documents (i.e., the floor plan and design) to work with another designer or architect. But you can’t get half way through the construction documents (Phase IV in New Avenue’s process) and then fire the architect and try to build the home with an incomplete set of drawings. This also creates liability as mistakes inevitably occur and it leads to liability, and lower quality construction that leads to lawsuits.
In conclusion, you can stop working on your plans and keep the portion of the work that is completed and this is for the one project that the plans are for. If you want to finish an incomplete set of plans you typically start all over with a new architect however you may be able to sign a release from the original architect who then allows the new architect to finish the plans. This involves a release agreement that releases the first architect from the liability that the new architect will assume. Then you can continue the plans from that point forward.