We visited a kindly Irish couple and their three children today, and the father of the house showed me the spot in the backyard where he will build what he most needs: A shed. The garden shed has a place in the emotional life of the men of these Isles that is a bit difficult for outsiders to understand. There are even physical health promotion and mental health programmes that specifically target otherwise hard-to-reach men where they are, i.e., in their sheds.
I suppose the American parallel is the “man cave”, a work room, dark room, spare room, den or the like inside the home. As they immigrated from the UK to the US, perhaps men discovered that the houses were bigger in the latter, and one could therefore “move the shed inside”, so to speak.
Can a man have too many sheds? Consider the risks: