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Willhite Grading & Excavation Inc. looks forward to earning your trust and working toward common goals while always keeping safety, budget, efficiency along with environmental concerns at the forefront of all operations.
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Mike Willhite has spent his life working on the land and sea. His hard work and tenacity have paid off, as Willhite Grading & Excavation has become a trusted business throughout Central California.
Cat customer Mike Willhite has developed a worldwide following through social media. Through his influence and knowledge, he is teaching the next generation of heavy equipment operators and business owners.
Willhite Grading & Excavation and their Cat® dealer have built a lasting relationship. For the past decade, the two have worked together to provide quality work throughout Central California
IN THE MEDIA
Construction cost estimating is difficult work and no matter what type of construction is involved it’s still a pain. I feel estimating earthwork is the hardest of all. Why? Two reasons come to mind. First, excavation has more variables and unknowns. You never know what’s down there until you start digging. Second, you have to rely on info from many different sources and some may not be accurate.
By carefully delineating the area that will be disturbed by grading or earthwork activities, you can greatly reduce the potential for soil erosion. Installing silt fencing to act as a buffer between area to be graded and area not to be disturbed is one of the easiest and most cost effective solutions and is usually required. Hay bales can also be used.
People who work in the excavation industry know how potentially dangerous and devastating a trench line collapse could be. In fact excavation work has a 112% higher fatality rate than general construction. This is why trenching & shoring standards must be met for all excavations deeper than 4 ft. This is actually required by law.
All surface areas should provide sufficient surface slopes & proper sub “underground” drainage and/or preferably both. This is done so water will not stand anywhere and the ground will rapidly dry and soil will firm. Special care may be required to sub-drain any soil touching basement walls, retaining walls and floors.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS THINK.
After the fires and flooding our entire back yard was left with boulders as big as cars, debris, mud and fallen trees. Mike Willhite and his team, (Doug-we love you!) and Kyle restored it to a beautiful park like setting without one glitch. Hardly imaginable with a job this size stretching over 2 acres. A first for us, and its not to say we didn’t run into problems. We did and Mike solved every one patiently and to our satisfaction. He was on job site almost daily. No arguments. No excuses. He did what was right to get the job done and done to his perfection as well as ours. (more…)
We have hired Willhite Grading on two separate occasions. Once for backfilling a retaining wall and once to repair a drainage issue. On both jobs, the work was completed on time and on budget. Michael is conscientious and actually saved us money due to his great attention to detail. We would absolutely call him for any projects in the future.
I LOVE my new riding area, created by Mike Willhite. His work was visionary. In addition, his artistry became very evident as he literally sculpted my hillside into a beautiful, usable horse facility. I now feel like I am riding my horses on the top of the world. I refer to the new riding ‘arena’ as my infinity edged world. Every time I look down at the arena from the house, I am so thrilled. And, when I am actually down there working with my horses, I am even more thrilled. Mike is a hard worker AND a perfectionist, which is a great combination for work such as this. Thank you Mike
Mr. Willhite has been a consistently reliable, affordable and quality subcontractor for my firm’s customers for many years. While we service the needs of many discriminating high-end clients, Mike has proven to be adaptable regardless of the project size or budget. Mike continues to have a good attitude under all circumstances. A rare quality in this business. I recommend him without reservation!
Mr.Willhite and his crew are consistently reliable and qualified to navigate any project. The ability to hire a company that has a perfectionist as it’s owner gives us great piece of mind.
Since Michael has an excellent sense of design and his job sites are immaculate he is a pleasure to work with. Our latest project with Willhite Grading involved removing 2 lawns and installing a dry creek bed. It came beautifully and we will certainly call Michael for the next project.
Willhite Grading has grown over the years to become one of the most desired grading and excavating contractors in the Santa Barbara area. They are professional, fair, and capable of any task they are charged to complete. We rely on them to be part of our team of experts regularly and recommend them highly.
If you have a project that requires dirt to be moved look no further than Willhite Grading & Excavating Inc
Michael is a detail-oriented professional. He was punctual and paid attention to our needs. We had great results, and projects that were completed on time and on budget!
I have worked with Michael and have been impressed by his knowledge of contracting, his ability to provide the highest levels of customer service and his technical knowledge in grading, excavating and earth moving. Michael invests his freetime with giving back to the community. From his time serving our country in the USCG to his current willingness to share with those that are new to the industry, Michael always has a helping hand out for others within the community and the contracting industry.
Michael and his Company ” Willhite grading & Excavation Inc.” are one of the finest excavation contractors that Santa Barbara, Montecito & its surrounding areas has. He is Professional, reliable & has a great crew. Michael has an up to date superb technology on all his equipment. Overall & most importantly Mike is a great human being with great work ethic; which is hard to find nowadays in the construction industry. We have worked with him on many high end projects where his expertise and knowledge have been of great input to accomplish and surpass many client’s expectations. M H Stone Masonry Will recommend Michael’s Company “Willhite grading & excavation, Inc” every day and twice on sundays.
I hired Mike & his team to come out and pre-trench everything for our lengthy irrigation main-line. Being the site had some challenging conditions, Mike addressed those issues like a professional should. After installing our main-line / wires, Mike’s team came back and covered those trenches, removing rocks and finished compaction. I highly recommend Willhite Grading & Excavating because of Mike’s attention to detail and willingness to go beyond to please his clients. I look forward to doing more business with Willhite Grading & Excavation. Thanks Mike!!