It's a 10x16 building with 8 foot walls. Has a work bench, a loft and a 6 foot wide roof overhang on one side. So it's a little more than just storage but mainly a place to put outdoor equipment. I got it from Jamaica cottage shop, they make a huge selection of timber frame buildings.
The syrup is pretty tasty. It also makes a really good substitute for simple syrup when making adult beverages. It's slightly sweeter than simple syrup so you need to adjust for that.
I wish I had enough land to grow some maple trees. I'd love to make some homemade syrup. Fortunately my brother makes his own and usually donates a gallon. Never tried making jam, I just might have to try that.
Maple trees take 20-40 years before they will get big enough to tap so enjoy the fruits of your brothers labor. Maybe lend him a hand a weekend or two with collecting and evaporating. Its a nice way to spend an afternoon.
Jam is pretty easy, not too many ingredients. Even the canning process is pretty strait forward. I made 16 pints of jam that day and it took about 4-5 hours from start to finish. That is from unprepared fruit to fully jarred up. A smaller batch wouldn't take nearly as long.