Wanting the range hood in the island bench, but not centred, so it is not a feature. Like the raised area , but want a whitegood appliances pillar, for a raised oven and dishwasher. Also want a large wooden table in the same area, kitchen, but for dining,eating. Like the kitchen/dining area to be the largest communal room in the house.
Dark hallway solution #2 - "If a large rectangular skylight isn't possible, try a tubular skylight. This is often an inexpensive way to dramatically increase the amount of natural light a dark hallway receives."