Of all the reasons offered by sociologists and psychologists for our increasing levels of stress and anxiety, the lack of physical space in our lives is rarely given much attention. Consider the daily lives of the average person living in the UK today. Many people who are living with their partners will share their home with them. If they are living with a family, then there may be a child. Add to this the fact that extended family members may be living with them, and things could start to feel crowded. The majority of the population live in urban area, in either flats or semi-detached homes where it’s possible to hear next door’s rows through thin walls. Surely the accumulative effect of all this lack of space must have an impact on our emotional and psychological health? It also explains the rise in popularity of the concept of ‘me-time’, the success of spas and retreats and the boom in popularity of yoga, tai chi and other disciplines that seek to incorporate space or a retreat from the constant chatter and demands of daily life. At home, creating more physical space may be possible without you being aware of it. Imagine what having garden rooms could offer you and your family. The outside space needed for a garden room is minimal yet the benefits are huge. A garden room can be used specifically as a spare room for guests or as a study or studio for someone who works from home. Alternatively, garden studios could have a more fluid use and be a space where anyone can go to enjoy the quiet and gather their thoughts.