But here they are raised for a very different reason, which is because of the frozen tundra.
The tundra is actually a thin layer of soil on top of the deeper permafrost. If houses are built directly on (or in) the soil, the heat will start to melt the permafrost layer, and the houses will sink and shift on the boggy, changing ground. Each house here has to be re-leveled every couple of years (sometimes more or less), which is a time intensive process, where a one must figure out where the starting to sink and place the proper height of plywood/blocks under the house to raise it up to be level.
It looks like a normal exterior, but you know when you go up stairs to enter the first floor: