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What did the proposal state that you signed?
Does it have a completion date?
When work would start?
What materials would be used?
What is it that you would like to have happen here?
Ok, at this point, since you are 3 months over the stated deadline for just getting a final estimate, then I would opine that 1. a judge would say you never even had a contract since so many things were left out or 2. there was a very vague contract that he has breached by failing to respond in a timely manner on.
So your recourse here is to send the guy a written certified letter stating that due to his delays in responding and moving forward on the job, you are holding him in breach and demanding your deposit money back. If it were me, and you think he is a little shady, which may be the case, then I would pay a local attorney to send the demand letter and state that if the money isn't returned within 10 days, you will be forced to take further legal action.
Then if he doesn't refund the money, which may be because he has already spent it elsewhere, you would have to file a formal lawsuit against him in small claims court for breach of contract. The good thing is that the limit is $10K in WI and you don't need an attorney. The clerk will have the summons and complaint forms you need to file to start the case if he doesn't refund the money.