In 2020, Calmus and his family bought a home in Fort Collins, Colorado, without ever stepping inside it first. Since their move, Calmus has posted updates of his renovation work, which grabbed the attention of FIXER UPPER duo Chip and Joanna Gaines.
To raise money for St. Jude, Calmus launched a challenge to see who could build the best playhouse.
“Chip and I are very similar in that we are these DIY guys who are these goofy dads, and I always really admired him and his show and how cool it would be to work with him,” Calmus explained. “So I created this challenge video and got it out there, and they accepted. We ended up raising $1.5 million dollars for St. Jude.”
Not only did the event raise money for the hospital, but it also landed Calmus with a new show for the Magnolia Network called SUPER DAD.
The show highlights “aspiring DIY dads turn their kids’ outrageous backyard dreams into playtime realities.”
“It’s a whole different beast, and it’s fun because we get 30-minutes to tell a story so you have a lot more room for reality to play out and to dive a little bit deeper into the story,” Calmus said. “And the projects all got bigger. But it is a ton of work. I’ve never worked harder than trying to make a TV show.”
Calmus said that as much as the show has taught him about DIY projects, it has also taught him important lessons regarding parenting.
“I’ve got three kids and I am tired all the time and one dad told me, really simply, that if you’re tired, then you’re doing it right,” he said. “And that really struck a chord in me. If you’re tired, you’re putting in the effort and the work.”
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