We are a proponent of using recycled building materials to augment a renovation budget or to support unique, "one of a kind" creative solutions to renovation/home improvement projects. It can not only be thrifty, it can also be a fun "treasure hunt!"
Adding in a claw foot tub... We salvaged a cast iron claw foot tub from a Victorian-era motel a couple of years ago. We had to bring in a professional plumber because some of the fittings had to be custom made in order to work with the modern system installed in the house, but it is very functional and one of the highlights on our impromptu home tours.
Read more: Our experience using recycled building materials in 203K and other renovation projects