There are 6 basic synthetic positions relating to combinations of put options, call options and their underlying stock in accordance to the Synthetic Triangle:
Synthetic Long Stock = Long Call + Short Put
Synthetic Short Stock = Short Call + Long Put
Synthetic Long Call = Long Stock + Long Put
Synthetic Short Call = Short Stock + Short Put
Synthetic Short Put = Long Stock + Short Call
Synthetic Long Put = Short Stock + Long Call
These are all variations of S + P - C = 0 which is the core of put/call parity (details not important here). Note that #3 where a call is the same as buying stock plus a protective put.
If your eyes are now glazing over, a simple example will demonstrate this. Assume no dividends and let's pretend that there is no carry cost:
XYZ = 100
Jun 90p = 1
Jun 90c =11
If you compare the P&L of the long call with that of the protective put you'll find that they are is identical. So why put on two positions when you only need to put on one? There is less slippage and fewer commissions (if you are still paying for them). Plus, you will have to pay for margin borrowing as well.
With the market's sharp correction this past week, implied volatility has spiked sharply, making options much more expensive. That adds lot of drag to any new position (like your protective put combo).
If you're going to buy calls, another consideration might be the Stock Replacement Strategy. This consists of buying a high delta call LEAP as a surrogate for owning the underlying. This makes sense if implied volatility is reasonable (this week it's not). Because the call is deep ITM, you'll pay a modest amount of time premium and you'll have little time decay (theta) in the early months, and an even lower theta if it's a two year LEAP.
My approach in recent years has been to collar positions. I'm not suggesting that it's better than yours. It's just that I'm more comfortable playing in the middle. For example, I bought and collared DOW a few weeks ago at $44+ and as of yesterday, it's 31+. As it dropped, I rolled the long puts down and mildly pyramided them (bought two more puts than I sold). At 13 points lower, I'm down at most 4 points and while not a winning idea, I've lowered my cost basis to $35, allowing me to hold on. If it heads lower, I'll continue the process and because of those extra puts, the position will make money.
What does this have to do with you? If you prefer to buy stocks on margin and collect dividends, then OK, buy put protected stock instead of calls. And as your stocks drop and your protective puts become more valuable, you too can roll the puts down, lowering your cost basis and raising cash.
I haven't addressed your question about margin because I think that this information could possibly alter your approach. If not, I'll try to help with the margin aspect.