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Tiny Off-Grid Carpool Kiosk by Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses

While this isn’t a residential tiny house, it’s still a cool use of “tiny technology” in the real world! The City of Aspen, Colorado was in need of a building to act as a check-point for passengers carpooling (they get a free parking voucher in the city if they carpool from outside the city lines), but because it needed to be easy to move whenever needed, it also had to be self-sustaining and mobile. They needed an off-grid carpool kiosk, and Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses delivered.

Because of the company’s experience with off-grid technology and designing/building itty bitty spaces on wheels, they won the bid with the city and delivered a compact mobile office that can withstand frigid Aspen winters with ease. Inside it has an office area, small kitchenette, and a half bath. The whole thing runs on solar, and is heated with a mini-split system. You can read more about the specifics of the build at Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses.

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Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses Builds Off-Grid Carpool Kiosk for City of Aspen

On this side is the kitchenette, a bench for seating, and the bathroom.

The solar batteries are behind the closet door, and there’s a desk area next to it.

Here’s the full layout so you can picture it all.

Look at all that solar! So awesome.

Love the simple exterior and clean lines.


  • Non-residential, off-grid tiny house on wheels built as an office to give out parking ticket vouchers
  • Built for the City of Aspen
  • Features a built-in couch, bathroom, kitchen, workstation, storage, and battery bank
  • Solar panels (six 320 watt panels)
  • Mini-split AC system
  • 60-gallon freshwater tank
  • 16-ft. structure built on a trailer

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • May 28, 2020, 2:32 am

    I like the kiosk because it is so simple inside. Too many “things” in the residential houses for me. I’m an artist looking to have a live-in studio, as off-grid as possible, at least 24′. Do you make bigger kiosks?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 28, 2020, 1:23 pm

      Hi Judy — Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses makes all kinds of custom homes, so I’m sure they could make a longer version of this for you if you get in touch.

  • D. Pedersen
    May 28, 2020, 1:06 pm

    Strange place to put the couch – right in front of the kitchen.

    • James D.
      May 29, 2020, 1:19 am

      Mind, it was built as an office to give out parking ticket vouchers… Besides, it helps cover up the wheel wells, that’s really only a kitchenette and may never be used for cooking, and when taking a break or entertaining some guests you’re processing, you can easily offer them a drink from the mini-fridge ;-p

  • John Reynolds
    June 7, 2020, 12:00 pm

    I like the kiosk for municipal purpose. How much was it?

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