This past week I had a contractor build me three studio windows to specifications he and I came up with as a compromise between ideal and affordably buildable. I was not there to supervise the actual construction so I don't yet know what they look like. I hope to pass through town on Monday on the way to another site where I'll be solving a transmitter problem. The contractor has a good eye and has done some really excellent work on other projects in town so I expect they will look very good.
I don't know what they cost separately because he was the general contractor for the studio project and priced them in to the larger project. He seemed to understand what I was asking for. I even asked that if possible he make a way to disassemble the windows for cleaning between the panes -- this has been an ugly thing in virtually every studio I've been in that has custom windows between studios or studios and common spaces. No matter how well sealed they are, they get foggy in between over time and they haven't ever been designed to take apart in the ones I've had. I'm hopeful his system will work well so we can have the advantages of the dual pane, spaced/angled glass, as well as the convenience of being able to get in there and make them spic and span once a year or so. I suggested that for the removable pane we not caulk, but use a flexible foam insulation that would compress when the screws were tightened.
I'm looking forward to seeing how he decided to execute the plan.