Houses on Stilts

I particularly love that the houses here are all on stilts here–it’s another unique, in-common thing that makes me nostalgic for Papua New Guinea. ūüôā
blue house on stilts

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.


People employ various methods of stilts, some look like the end of a jenga game:    

Houses on Stilts

A lot of the houses have a “skirt” covering the stilts, so you don’t see at first that they are all raised off the ground.¬†


I love this geodome house!

And some are just barely raised off the ground, almost like they are just built on joists.

But nobody has a basement here.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It looks like a normal exterior, but you know when you go up stairs to enter the first floor:


I’m glad there is pho here!


Igloo means house in Inuit. It doesn’t necessarily have to be one of these:¬†Google Igloo

Or the modern igloo (as seen in Icy View):
modern igloo



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