I don't thiiiiiiink sooooo.. Some houses are built up on columns or poles to get up above the flood zone mark. They still need to have 2 grade level accessable exterior receptacle outlets. Ever seen a flush plug in a creasote soaked pole?.
Funny, I am in the middle of correcting most of houses wiring where the guy obviouly had no clue... Flush mounted Bell boxes! Yes, reccessed bell boxes! WHY DON'T YOU READ AND COMPREHEND E57? i didnt say recessed bell box: a recepticle outside a house cannot be in a bell box since that would make it surfaced mounted. see this site is to lean not criticize e57..... but you are a legend in your own mind...
h20....It may be hard to believe, but I have also encountered recessed "bell" boxes. The most recent was installed in a bathroom, where the light switch usually is. What's hard to believe is the amount of work necessary to do this...then cover it with a standard faceplate!
Funny thing about this trade....the longer you're in it, the more crazy stuff you see! Heck, I've heaped so much sarcasm on various DIY'ers and hack 'handymen' that I don't have any left over for my friends at ECN! :-)